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'Reasons to be optimistic' over Norfolk's Covid rates, says health chief

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There are "reasons to be optimistic" over Norfolk's stable coronavirus rates, the county's director of public health has said.

But Dr Louise Smith has said that optimism must be tempered by caution, and reminded people to keep taking precautions to stem the spread of Covid-19.

Dr Smith said: "I don't think we are out of the woods yet, but cases have been stable since late July. They were down to 220 cases per 100,000 at the beginning of August and we are back at that kind of level now. There are reasons to be optimistic.

"We have seen a day to day decrease in the last 10 days or so and that is a reason to be positive."

Record rates among schoolchildren

There are record rates of coronavirus recorded among Norfolk schoolchildren. - Credit: PA

While there are record rates recorded among five to 14 year olds, the overall rate in Norfolk fell by 17.7pc in the seven days to September 17.

The case rate among children aged 10 to 14 was 668.8 cases per 100,000 and just under 500 per 100,000 among five to nine-year-olds.

Dr Smith said: "We are seeing high rates in younger people, but that is offset by much........

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