Broxbourne records one of England’s lowest Covid infection rates

Broxbourne is consistently recording one of England’s lowest infection rates, new figures show.

The district – which includes Cheshunt, Broxbourne, Hoddesdon and Waltham Cross – has the country’s eight-lowest infection rate according to the latest Public Health England data.

Just over four months ago the borough was ranked as England’s fourth-worst area after soaring infection rates that surpassed 1,400.

But infection rates there have significantly tailed off in recent weeks and, in the week to April 25, sat at 7.2 infections per 100,000 residents – down from 9.3 in the previous week.

It’s one of seven areas in Herts to record a drop in rate, and nine out of 10 districts currently sit below the national average of 24.5 per 100,000.

Dacorum is the only borough with an infection rate over this figure after it saw its numbers jump from 18.1 to 32.3 week-on-week.

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Welwyn Hatfield and North Hertfordshire also recorded slight upticks in cases.

Watford’s case numbers, meanwhile, are down, although Watford FC fans who celebrated the club’s promotion to the Premier League in the town centre last weekend have been urged to monitor their symptoms this week after concerns it could lead to a spike in cases.

Latest figures across Hertfordshire

The figures, for the seven days to April 25, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent four days (April 26-29) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Hover over, or press on, each part of the map to reveal the latest infection rates in Herts:

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on April 29 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 25; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 25; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 18; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 18.

Dacorum, 32.3, (50), 18.1, (28)

Watford, 23.8, (23), 29.0, (28)

Three Rivers, 24.6, (23), 27.9, (26)

Stevenage, 20.5, (18), 30.7, (27)

North Hertfordshire, 19.5, (26), 16.5, (22)

Welwyn Hatfield, 18.7, (23), 15.4, (19)

Hertsmere, 13.3, (14), 15.2, (16)

East Hertfordshire, 12.0, (18), 18.7, (28)

St Albans, 9.4, (14), 11.5, (17)

Broxbourne, 7.2, (7), 9.3, (9)

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