Hastings has third highest covid infection rate in the country

Hastings has the third highest covid case rate per 100,000 people in England, according to data released by the government.

The town recorded 954 cases between March 11 and March 17, a rate of 1,030.7 cases per 100,000 people.

Only Somerset West and Taunton and Worthing recorded higher rates.

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The top five highest covid case rates for England are:

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1. Somerset West and Taunton: 1,680 cases - 1,080.9 rate per 100,000 people.

2. Worthing: 1,148 cases - 1.036.8 rate per 100,000 people.

3. Hastings: 954 cases - 1,030.7 rate per 100,000 people.

4. East Cambridgeshire: 911 cases - 1.010.3 rate per 100,000 people.

5. North Somerset: 2,123 cases - 984.8 rate per 100,000 people.

Despite high infection rates, Hastings only recorded one death within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test between March 10 and March 16.

This likely is due to the rates of vaccinations in the town. By March 15, 68,373 people had been given a first dose, 64,259 people had been given a second dose, and 50,823 people had been given a booster or third dose.

In the whole of the UK 516,289 people tested positive in the last seven days.

The worst hit area is Scotland, with 1,507.3 cases per 100,000 people. This compares to just 580.2 for England.

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