Media and some politicians have said Covid 19 is in the most deprived areas, I think the figures below could refute this.
These are the published figures per hundred thousand:
The figures above were collated from BBC and ITV websites, both have stopped on the 28th of March 2021 producing any more information.
On the 18th December 2020 the England total was 317, Essex was way above this, in Harlow it was 730.5.
18th Dec 2020 Thurrock had become the highest in Essex and the highest in England with 1217.30.
7th of January all figures dropped slightly, Brentwood has managed to drop below 1000 for the first time since 17th of December, Harlow remained stubbornly high at 1309.30.
Basildon and Epping Forest has managed to drop below 1000 for the first time since 11th of December 2020.
10 th January Harlow had become the highest in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, despite reducing it's numbers.
14th Jan, Harlow still remains high at 905, it has at last come down to under 1000, the first time since 21st December.
Notice how Brentwood has dramatically dropped to 460.9 on the 14th Jan, from 1441.2 on 21st December.
Brentwood another dramatic drop on the 8th of March 54.5, 13th March 14.3 28th March 13.0.
8th Feb, Harlow has got below 200 at 181.5, the first time since 29th November 2020.
22nd of Feb, Harlow just managed to drop below 100 with 99.9 It is the first time Harlow has been below 100 since November 5th 2020.
25th March, the numbers are coming down at last but we are not out of the woods by a long way.
Remember on the 9th October Harlow was 58.6, when Covid 19 was the original virus and most people didn't know of anyone who had died from Covid 19 or even caught it.
Covid 19 has a new "Kent virulent of Covid 19" that is much more contagious, Harlow is now 32.2.
Harlow is now 26.4 lower than October 9th 2020 now facing the "Kent virulent of Covid 19".
On the 28th of March the England total was 53.4 all of the towns listed above were below this.
Harlow hospital, like Basildon hospital, take Covid patients from surrounding areas not just their towns.
Around New years day Essex hospitals began to export Covid patients to Norfolk and Suffolk hospitals, Kent hospitals also began exporting Covid patients to Hampshire and Devon.
I'm sorry the figures above are not as comprehensive as they should be, but they do show what has been happening in some Essex towns.
Epping is Harlow's nearest neighbouring town, in fact Harlow was built on land that once came under Epping rural district council.
I'm not sure what towns and villages are included in the title "Epping Forest".
Harlow's other neighbouring town Broxbourne (Hoddesdon) was struggling, 1120.5 on 28th Dec and 1480.30 4th Jan, dropping to 1060.9 on 10th of January.
14th Jan, another dramatic drop to 713.4, 17th Jan: 670.2, 18th Jan: 635.3 21st Jan:528.4, 23rd Jan:510.9, 24th Jan; 458.5, 25th Jan; 432.8, 30th Jan; 293,
4th Feb; 234.4 7th Feb; 217.9. 8th Feb; 189.1 18th Feb: 81.2 19th Feb:76.1 21stFeb:74 22nd Feb:60.7 25thFeb:54.5 28th Feb:51. 4th March 33.9
5th of March:31.9 14th March : 28.8 25th March 26.7 28th March: 28.8.
It was announced on the 2nd February that the new South African variant had been found in Broxbourne postal code EN10 which includes parts of lower Nazeing.
Hoddesdon is EN11.
22nd Feb the South African variant has been found in Brentwood.
On the 6th Jan 2021
On the 6th Jan 2021 scientists revealed they had conducted tests on residents of Brentwood and Basildon, the results of their tests found 1 in 18 people didn't show any symptoms but were infected with Covid.
1 in 18, just think about it, they didn't know they had got it.
You could be shopping for food and be near them, they don't know that they can kill you, going about their daily lives, working or shopping.
If you faced someone welding a knife, they stabbed you, your killer might face justice, you could die a quick death.
With Covid 19 you could die days or weeks later, never knowing who killed you.
WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES, Save a life, it could be yours.
Remember back in March 2020 when Professor Chris Whitty told us not to bother wearing a mask ?
While the millions of people in Asia wore masks as normal, all the time, inside and outside when facing a viral infection, even in junior/ infant school classrooms.
Their economies are thriving now, while we still struggle to open ours.
Check where we / you are with the BBC New Testing Centre is open in Harlow for those who DO NOT have symptoms
It came as a bit of a revelation to me that scientists and politicians knew about a new more active strain of Covid 19 back in September - November 2020, but Boris Johnson still continued to tell the population to make plans for Christmas 2020.
20th December the whole of the South East of England went into tier 4.
I've heard of one family that went ahead with their family "Christmas bubble", five of them caught Covid19, three of them went to hospital.
One in their 30's sadly died, leaving small children without one of their parents.
Imagine the Covid 19 results were a football league made up of towns from Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk, 26 towns in total.
Harlow was facing relegation in October, Harlow climbed to fifth place, then was overtaken by other towns dropping back to tenth, then climbed to the top,
Dropping back to sixth, Harlow has now gone back from sixth place to twelfth with 32.2, Ipswich have climbed back to top on the 28th March with 71.6.
Saturday the 17th of October, Harlow went to level tier 2 because Conservative run Essex County Councillors asked for Essex to be placed there.
Harlow's figure for the 16th of October 63.2
The highest in London that also went to level tier 2 on the 17th of October,11th of October was 144.0 per hundred thousand at Richmond upon Thames.
Hertfordshire - Essex
Harlow sits on the borders of Essex and Hertfordshire; people work in Harlow from Hertfordshire, equally people from Harlow work in Hertfordshire.
17th of October Hertfordshire remained at the lower level tier 1 while Harlow went to tier 2.
Harlow is much closer to Hertford, the county town of Hertfordshire than Chelmsford, the county town of Essex.
Food distribution warehouses are based in Harlow, they regularly have to cross various covid tiers set out by the government.
The N.H.S. in Harlow uses two hospital sites, the main A & E Hospital Princess Alexandra in Essex and Rivers Hospital in Hertfordshire, a private hospital that also accepts N.H.S. patients.
Staff from Princess Alexandra hospital and patients routinely cross county lines to Rivers Hospital.
Patients for Princess Alexandra hospital come from Essex, Hertfordshire and North East London.
November 5th Guy Fawkes day the whole of England went into full lock down.
As from Wednesday 16th December most parts of Essex are in tier 3 the same as London.
Every day when I hear the continuing depressing news of Covid 19, I get depressed and frustrated with government incompetence.
Then I remind myself of the suffering of those that are now elderly went through during the second world war, many of them are now in care homes, now facing current government mistakes.
They were conscripted into the army, navy or air force to fight and kill,or die.
Two of my family had jobs to do for the war effort ministries in London.
If they were too young to fight, they had to stay at home, if they still had a home that hadn't been bombed away.
Then spend their time dodging the bombs, living in constant fear of instant death or injury.
Some of my family stayed in London, they lived, but they lost everything three times over when their homes were bombed.
Parts of my family were evacuated from London to Folkestone, Kent, a bit closer to the enemy bombers and a massive target as it is next to Dover harbour.
Eventually someone in authority realised their mistake, they were moved from Folkestone to Tredegar, in Wales, one of them lived three doors away from Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the NHS.
Years went by, these would be the formative years of young children from age five upwards, living with strangers, starting a whole new life, forming new bonds and friendships, loosing touch with brothers and sisters.
Even though they were all evacuated together, they all lived in different parts of Tredegar, starting again in a different school, a different way of teaching.
Eventually going home to London, but it would be to yet another life, they hadn't seen their parents or brothers and sisters in years, they were effectively living with strangers again.
With new rules and a totally different way of life to one they had grown up with in Wales, their former home in London had changed, the streets that they knew had gone, bombed away.
Of course at that time there wasn't a Labour government to build a National Health Service, you had to pay for a doctor.
Mental health issues were dealt with by "pull your socks up" or "just get on with it."
When I think of what they went through my depression lifts.
I think I'm quite lucky, surviving this war with Covid 19 would be "a walk in the park" compared to what my elders went through.
I know we are now at war with an enemy we cannot see or hear, the enemy Covid 19, but I can use the modern means of communication, phone or internet and TV, no one is bombing my home.
Yes, my way of life has changed during this war, but I can see a possible end, a possible victory many months away.