Thurrock’s council leader is urging residents to “do more” as Thurrock records the highest infection rate in England.
The latest government figures show Thurrock now has the worst infection rate in the entire country – with 1,257.3 cases per 100,000.
In the last seven days up to December 18, the local authority recorded 2,192 cases of Covid-19 – a huge spike on the previous week.
Simply put, more than one in 100 people in Thurrock have Covid-19 currently.
With such a surge in cases, Council leader Rob Gledhill has called on residents to do everything they can to slow the rate of infection and protect one another and the NHS.
‘Unless we all take action, it will continue to spread’
“The situation in Thurrock is now more serious than it has ever been and we all need to play our part to stop the spread of infection and protect the NHS,” Councillor Gledhill said.
“We are dealing with a new strain of the virus which is over 70 per cent more infectious than the original coronavirus.
“In Thurrock it has caused a massive increase in the number of people infected, especially in the 11-18-year-old age range, and unless we all take action it will continue to spread.”
He added: “Right now more than one in a 100 people in Thurrock have COVID-19.
“If it continues spreading at this rate it will be one in 50 before the New Year.
“When we came out of lockdown just three weeks ago 206 per 100,000 tested positive, today that figure has increased six-fold to 1,196.”
Councillor Gledhill urged residents to do more to slow the spread of coronavirus before the situation worsens even more.
“What we have learned over the weekend changes everything,” he said.
“The new strain of virus is passed on easier from person to person – putting more residents at risk of contracting the virus.
“Thurrock is facing a situation every bit as grave as that which we faced in March this year and we must all react appropriately.
“We all need to be cautious, only make journeys if they are absolutely essential and abide by the government advice for tier 4 restrictions.”
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He further encouraged residents to follow the hands, face, space advice seriously and isolate whenever required.
“Being in tier 4 with the highest infection rate in the country isn’t something we can ignore,” he added.
“We all need to take personal responsibility to help reduce the pressure on the NHS.”