Maldon has become the most infected town in the county after a surge in Covid cases. 

The latest figures show that the district recorded a total of 20 cases in the last seven days, ten times more than the two cases recorded in the week leading up to May 27.

The infection rate has also increased from 3.1 per 100,000 people to 30.8.

The area to record the most cases is Southminster, Bradwell and Dengie Peninsula with eleven recorded in the week leading up to June 3.

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Burnham-on-Crouch is the only other area to record three or more cases. 

All other areas have recorded less than three cases in the last seven days and the virus is classes as "suppressed" in these areas.

They are not recorded on the Covid hotspots map any longer.

Last week a number of cases of the Indian variant were confirmed in the district.

The Covid-19 mutation that originated in India – now known as the Delta variant – is now believed to be dominant in the UK, with evidence suggesting it may be more dangerous than the Kent variation.

Figures published by Public Health England show between one and four cases of the Delta variant were recorded in Maldon by June 2 – though they could not give an exact figure.