8 out of 10 Herts districts record infection rate lower than national average

Eight out of Hertfordshire’s 10 districts have recorded an infection rate lower than the national average, new figures show.

The latest data from Public Health England illustrates how the county fared in the week up to April 30.

While five boroughs – Watford, Stevenage, North Hertfordshire, Broxbourne and East Hertfordshire – recorded slight upticks, eight districts still fall under England’s national average, which currently sits at 23 per 100,000.

Watford has seen its infection rate increase slightly from 23.8 to 25.9 week-on-week, and Dacorum, despite being the county’s second worst-hit area, has reduced its rate from 32.3 to 23.3.

A notable increase is the borough of Broxbourne, which includes the towns of Cheshunt, Broxbourne, Hoddesdon and Waltham Cross, after it saw its rate rise from 3.1 to 16.4.

St Albans has the county’s lowest infection rate with 7.4 per 100,000.

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That means over 29 per cent of all UK adults have received the strongest possible protection.

And the UK Government is pledging extra cash to fast-track vaccines that fight new variants of Covid-19, according to the BBC.

The £29.3m, which is on top of £19.7m already promised, will help boost testing facilities at the Porton Down research laboratory and fund further vaccine manufacture.

Latest figures across Hertfordshire

The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on May 4 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data from the most recent days is omitted.

You can hover over, or press on, each part of the interactive map below to discover the latest infection rates across the county.

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 30; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 30; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 23; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 23.

Watford, 25.9, (25), 23.8, (23)

Dacorum, 23.3, (36), 32.3, (50)

Stevenage, 21.6, (19), 20.5, (18)

Three Rivers, 21.4, (20), 27.9, (26)

North Hertfordshire, 18.0, (24), 16.5, (22)

Broxbourne, 16.4, (16), 3.1, (3)

Welwyn Hatfield, 15.4, (19), 15.4, (19)

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East Hertfordshire, 12.7, (19), 12.0, (18)

Hertsmere, 10.5, (11), 18.1, (19)

St Albans, 7.4, (11), 10.1, (15)

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