Home of TOWIE is coronavirus hotspot with 1,111 cases recorded in just one week

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The home of TOWIE is now now one of the biggest Coronavirus hotspots in England as cast members share heartbreaking stories of the bug.

Brentwood, in Essex, has the highest infection rate in England, with 1,111 new cases recorded in the week to December 23.

That is the equivalent of a staggering 1,442.5 cases per 100,000 people.

It comes as one of TOWIE’s most famous faces, Gemma Collins, thanked NHS doctors for treating her father as both her parents battle Coronavirus.

Sharing a photo of her parents she begged her two million followers to "please take notice and keep your loved ones safe".

Gemma's dad has been receiving treatment at Queen's Hospital in Romford over the past two days but it is not known whether Gemma's mum has needed hospital treatment.

Meanwhile TOWIE star Kelsey Stratford’s eight-year-old sister has been rushed to intensive care as she too battles the potentially-killer bug.

Kelsey announced the devastating news on her Instagram account on Sunday afternoon.

She admitted her family are "heartbroken" by the news but told fans that her little sister is "really fighting".

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Essex, which is under the toughest Tier Four restrictions, joins London and other parts of the south east as having spiralling numbers.

Ministers are set to plunge more areas into what is essentially a lockdown when tiers are reviewed on December 30.

More than six million Brits are currently living under the highest level of restrictions, which affect 43% of the population.

And Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has not ruled out the whole country being moved into Tier Four restrictions.

He told BBC Breakfast: "We review which tiers parts of the country should be in on the basis of scientific evidence.

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"The Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) will be making a recommendation to ministers, but I can't pre-empt that because it obviously has to be a judgment based on the medical situation.

"But as you quite rightly point out the NHS is under pressure and these are difficult months ahead."

Lockdown measures are also in place across the other three home nations, after mainland Scotland entered Level 4 restrictions from Saturday for three weeks, and a similar stay-at-home order is also in place in Wales.

Northern Ireland has also entered a new six-week lockdown, and the first week measures are the toughest yet, with a form of curfew in operation from 8pm, shops closed from that time and all indoor and outdoor gatherings prohibited until 6am.

Figures in Downing Street are due to meet with officials at the Department for Education on Monday to discuss whether schools should be kept open in the event that harder measures are needed, it is understood.

Mr Gove said the Government hopes the staggered reopening of schools in England will go ahead in January as planned.

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