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Data suggests one in 200 people in south Norfolk have coronavirus

New research has estimated that almost one in 200 people in south Norfolk has symptomatic coronavirus.

The data, which comes from an NHS-endorsed symptom tracker app, has estimated that 0.4 per cent of south Norfolk residents are showing symptoms of the virus, compared with 0.5 per cent in mid Suffolk and 0.6 per cent in Breckland, as of Thursday May 7.

The app, called Covid Symptom Tracker, was jointly developed by King’s College in London and health science company ZOE, and monitors the self-reported health status of just under three million participants, aged 20 to 69, making it the largest public science project of its kind anywhere in the world, and has been endorsed by the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland.

In south Norfolk and mid Suffolk, more than 5,000 people have contributed to the data, and the findings suggest that the region is one of the lesser affected areas in the country.

By way of contrast, areas such as Fenland in Cambridgeshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth in Warwickshire have predicted coronavirus percentages of 1.7 and 1.9, respectively, meaning almost one in 50 residents have the virus.

Over recent weeks, pressure has been mounting on the Government to increase the number of tests available to people and, particularly, health workers.

In Norfolk, 1,789 people have tested positive for the virus, accounting for just under 0.2 per cent of the population, while, in Suffolk, 1,209 have tested positive, which is 0.15 per cent of the population.

To see the data produced by the Covid Symptom Tracker, click here.

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