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The county’s health chief is urging everyone to still follow the rules amid concerns of a rise in the Indian variant in other parts of the country.

In the past week, Norfolk saw no new cases of the Indian variant, with around 10 to 15 cases recorded in total.

Latest figures, provided by Norfolk County Council’s public health department, for the seven days up to Friday, May 21, show coronavirus rates for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk dropped 37.5 per cent from 21.1 per 100,000 to 13.2.

But despite the drop in rates, residents and holidaymakers are being encouraged to take “practical steps to help curb the spread of the Indian variant and other forms of Covid”.

Dr Louise Smith, director of public health, said: “Certain parts of the country have seen a rise in Indian variant cases and, with no travel restrictions into or out of those areas, we should continue to take sensible steps to follow the rules.

“I’d encourage everyone to have a free lateral flow test, twice a week, to reassure themselves and their loved ones. Tests are available from the government website and from Norfolk libraries and pharmacies. If you test positive, you must self-isolate and take a PCR test.

“We should all continue to follow the hands, face, space rules and it is always safer to meet people outdoors if you can.”

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