Every borough in Herts sees a drop in cases ahead of Tier announcement

All of Hertfordshire has seen a drop in coronavirus cases as the country finds out what Tier each area will be put into.

In the latest set of data released by Public Health England, all ten boroughs in the county have seen a drop in cases in the week ending November 21.

This is the first time this has happened during the second wave with the most significant drop in cases being in North Hertfordshire. That now makes it the only area in the county with an infection rate below 100 – which is the previous Tier 2 threshold.

The news comes shortly before the Health Secretary Matt Hancock puts every area into a Tier in the new Three Tier system.

The data ultimately shows the impact the national lockdown has had on cases with some areas seeing a drop in cases of 76 when compared to the week before.

However the county, or even parts of the county, look destined for Tier 2 with the announcement coming at 11.30am today.

The area which saw the biggest drop in cases was North Hertfordshire as 133 people tested positive in the week leading up to November 21 – 76 less than the number of new cases in the week before.

Areas like St Albans and East Hertfordshire also saw cases drop by 70 or more. St Albans, which is the second least infected area in Herts, had 168 new cases in the week ending November 11 after having 239 new cases in the week before.

Broxbourne still remains the most infected in the county but saw a drop of 26 in new cases when compared to the week before. The borough’s infection rate is still double the Tier 2 threshold with 207.7.

Watford has also seen its infection rate drop from 181.2 to 169.8 after 164 people tested positive in the week ending November 21.

Three Rivers, which is third in the most infected areas list, saw its infection rate drop from above 200 to 142.5. 133 new cases were reported in the week ending November 21.

Another big drop in cases was in Stevenage as there were 49 less cases in the week ending November 21 than the previous week.

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The list has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published on November 25 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Here is the list in full. From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 21; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 21; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 14; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 14.

Broxbourne, 207.7, (202), 234.4, (228)

Watford, 169.8, (164), 181.2, (175)

Three Rivers, 142.5, (133), 201.5, (188)

East Hertfordshire, 142.2, (213), 190.3, (285)

Hertsmere, 138.2, (145), 163.0, (171)

Welwyn Hatfield, 132.5, (163), 148.7, (183)

Dacorum, 123.4, (191), 127.3, (197)

Stevenage, 117.3, (103), 173.0, (152)

St Albans, 113.2, (168), 161.0, (239)

North Hertfordshire, 99.6, (133), 156.5, (209)

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