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Covid cases surge in Scole, Dickleburgh and Bressingham

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Coronavirus cases in Scole, Dickleburgh and Bressingham sky-rocketed by almost 400 per cent in the week between Christmas and new year.

The number of cases reported in the three south Norfolk villages – all of which are grouped together for the purposes of tallying coronavirus cases – between December 26 and January 1 was 60.

The seven days prior, there had been just 13 cases of the virus, marking a 361.5 per cent rise – the highest jump in the whole of Norfolk.

Cases in Scole, Dickleburgh, and Bressingham have risen at a considerably higher rate than the rest of south Norfolk. Credit: ONS
Cases in Scole, Dickleburgh, and Bressingham have risen at a considerably higher rate than the rest of south Norfolk. Credit: ONS

In light of the figures, Clayton Hudson, a ward councillor for Beck Vale, Dickleburgh and Scole, said that residents should be ever-focused on following lockdown restrictions.

“In my opinion, the rising numbers show the extent of community spread during mid to late December and the Christmas holidays,” he said.

“I want to be very clear it is essential during this lockdown that residents only go out when it is necessary for work or to get essentials or basic necessities. That’s the only way we’re going to get on top of this community spread.

“We’re all in this together and we all need to play are part in a collective effort to protect the NHS and to save lives.”

Martin Wilby, who is also a ward councillor for the same wards, echoed the sentiment.

He added: “I ask everybody to follow the rules and the guidelines that have been put in place by the Government.

“We all need to follow these rules to keep ourselves and other people safe.”

The rise in cases in Scole, Dickleburgh and Bressingham was only exceeded by neighbouring towns and villages across the border in Suffolk: in Fressingfield, Laxfield and Worlingworth, there were 29 new cases in the final week of 2020, a rise of 480 per cent from just five cases the week prior; and in Framlingham and Hacheston, there were 43 new cases, 377.8 per cent up from just nine the week before.

In south Norfolk, cases have risen by 91.1 per cent, up from 369 to 705, while in Mid Suffolk, cases rose by 119.4 per cent, up from 180 to 395.

Despite cases rising almost universally across the country, small pockets of south Norfolk returned decreasing results.

In Harleston and Pulham, cases dropped from 33 new cases between December 18 to December 25 to 30 cases the following week, while in Hempnall, Ditchingham and Wortwell, cases dropped from 36 to 32, a drop of 9.1 per cent and 11.1 per cent, respectively.

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