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ON THE RISE: County area has highest COVID rates in South East

 Published on: 11th November 2021   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Chilterns part of Buckinghamshire has the highest infection rates of COVID-19 in not only the county, but the entire South East of England.

 In new figures released on Wednesday, October 27, the rolling infection rate of Old Amersham was 1,359.8 cases per 100,000 people, with 104 new cases in the last seven days.

This is despite the area also having 78.8 per cent of its population fully vaccinated. The Chilterns had 769 new cases in the same period.

But while infection rates stay high, hospitalisations in Buckinghamshire remain low. 

Despite 3,352 people in the county reporting positive tests for the virus in the last seven days, Buckinghamshire Healthcare has only reported admitting 26 COVID patients. 

Three quarters of people in the area have had both of their vaccinations.

The South East is one of the most-affected parts of the UK, with just over one million people having been infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, 

This is just behind London and the North East.

In other COVID-related news, Buckinghamshire Council has announced that residents currently shielding are soon to receive letters telling them the national shielding programme, previously paused since last March, has now ended. 

Councillor Steve Bowles, Buckinghamshire Council’s cabinet member for communities said:

Although shielding has been paused since the end of March 2021, we appreciate that for some people there may be mixed feelings about the announcement but want to reassure people that for those who need it, support is still available.

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