Revealed: What people in Ipswich Googled most in 2020
- Credit: Charlotte Bond
From coronavirus to the Orwell Bridge and Zoom - what did people in Ipswich Google the most in 2020?
Most people hadn't heard of Zoom until the pandemic began, but now the video conferencing site has appeared in the most trending searches in Ipswich, alongside the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the town's infamous Orwell Bridge.
The latest search trends show the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on so many aspects of life over the last year, with five of the top 10 terms relating to the virus.
Here are the 10 most searched for terms on Google in Ipswich in 2020 - meaning they have seen the biggest increase compared to 2019.
It is no surprise that coronavirus takes the top spot as the most trending term searched on Google in Ipswich last year.
The pandemic was sadly been the talking point of the year, with the first national lockdown introduced in March and life not returning to normal since.
2. Caroline Flack
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- 4 'Quick-thinking' member of public spotted Felixstowe drink-driver
- 5 The Botanist looking for staff ahead of rumoured Ipswich opening
- 6 Mum-of-three who devoted her life to hospice shop dies of heart attack
- 7 Suffolk-born Royal Ballet choreographer Liam Scarlett dies
- 8 Saturday drinkers queue for post-lockdown pints
- 9 Couple rescue woman stuck in mud with help from their dog
- 10 Suffolk police teams to star in new documentary series on Dave
The second most searched for term was the Norfolk-born TV presenter, Caroline Flack, who tragically died at her London flat on February 15.
Tributes poured in following the devastating news of the 40-year-old's death, with Miss Flack's family releasing a powerful message the presenter wrote days before she died.
3. Orwell Bridge
The bridge was forced to close on numerous occasions across 2020 due to high winds - but unlike in previous years it had little impact due to reduced traffic levels because of lockdown.
Highways chiefs have since pledged that reduced speed limits during high winds, of 40mph, will be in place by next winter.
4. Coronavirus symptoms
Again, it is no surprise that Covid symptoms were ranked in the top trending Ipswich searches.
The main symptoms (if you didn't know already), are a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
5. Coronavirus update
There have been so many rule changes, tiers and lockdowns, it can be hard to keep up.
6. Coronavirus tips
People understandably want to avoid getting the virus, and they have been Googling ways to keep it at bay.
7. Boris Johnson
The Prime Minister has appeared on our TV screens more than ever before in 2020.
8. FTSE 100
The FTSE 100 index of top shares listed in London fell by 14.3% during 2020, the worst performance among the largest international stock indices, and its biggest decline since 2008.
The number of people using Zoom has soared during lockdown, with friends and family getting together virtually to enjoy quiz nights and birthday celebrations from the safety of their own homes.
10. Tier 4 rules
And finally, people of Ipswich found themselves searching for what they can and can't do in Tier 4 when it was introduced in Suffolk on Boxing Day.
But none of that matters now the country has been plunged into a national lockdown.