A further 12 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Braintree in the past 24 hours.

The latest figures released by Public Health England show the number of positive tests carried out in the district is now 476 - up from 464 this time yesterday.

It comes just a week after 30 cases were recorded across three days.

Essex County Council says the recent spike in cases is largely due to an outbreak in a care home.

It says the outbreak has been controlled and many of those testing positive did not show any symptoms.

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Residents have been assured the recent increase in cases is "nothing to be concerned about".

The number of new cases recorded in the past 24 hours is the second highest daily total recorded since mid May.

A total of 64 positive tests have been carried out in the district in July so far. By comparison, there were 17 positive tests carried out across the whole of June.