TWO new areas in the district have been added to the Government's coronavirus hotspots map.

The Notleys, as well as the Flitch Green, Felsted and High Easter region, have both been highlighted on the map after a cluster of cases were recorded in recent days.

Both areas have now had three cases of Covid-19 recorded between September 19 to 25.

The map is based on pillar 1 and pillar 2 testing data from Public Health England.

Here is the current list of hotspots in the Braintree district:

  • Coggeshall and Kelvedon - 5
  • Silver End and Stisted - 4
  • Great Notley and Black Notley - 3
  • Flitch Green, Felsted and High Easter - 3

Other areas in the Braintree district have recorded between zero and two cases.

Small cases are grouped and not individually identified.

The hotspots map shows there has also been a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in Great Dunmow, with the total now at nine - up from three on Monday.

Latest figures show coronavirus infection continues to rise across the county.

The data shows the infection rate in Braintree is now 9.8 cases per 100,000 people, with 25 new cases recorded in the past week.

The infection rate stood at 6.6 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending September 15.

There has now been a total of 582 positive tests carried out in the Braintree district since the pandemic began in March.

The number of fatalities remains unchanged at 121, however two new deaths have been recorded at Broomfield Hospital in the last seven days.

It takes the total number of deaths linked to coronavirus at the Mid Essex Hospital Trust to 199.