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Surge in positive virus cases ‘in line with expectations’, says Attleborough mayor




The mayor of Attleborough has sought to downplay a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases over the last fortnight.

Cases have increased by as much as 500 per cent in the space of weeks, with the town now having a case rate that is significantly above the national average.

Mayor Philip Leslie ensured residents that the spike was no need for serious concern, and they were expected to fall back to levels in keeping with the rest of the region within the coming weeks.

35 cases of coronavirus were reported in Attleborough in the seven days leading up to November 13.
35 cases of coronavirus were reported in Attleborough in the seven days leading up to November 13.

“There’s more testing in the town now, so we were expecting an increase,” he said.

“It’s in line with expectations, and we are confident it’s not going to be a massive increase going forward. With lockdown, and people following the rules, we should see that reduce in the coming weeks.”

Figures released by Public Health England show that 35 cases of the virus were reported in Attleborough in the seven days leading up to November 13, giving the town a seven-day rolling rate of 351.7 – considerably higher than the national average.

Cases have surged by 250 per cent on the seven days prior, where only 10 cases were reported, while in the neighbouring district of the Buckenhams and Snetterton, 18 cases were reported, up from just three the week prior – an increase of 500 per cent.

The alarming rise in cases is likely an overspill from nearby Wymondham, which has seen the highest increase in cases in the whole of East Anglia over the same time period.

Closer to Diss, figures remain relatively stable and amongst some of the most Covid secure areas in the country – albeit with a number of small rises in certain areas.



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