Six boroughs in Hertfordshire have recorded a slight uptick in cases, new figures show.
The latest data from Public Health England records Watford, Three Rivers, Dacorum, Hertsmere, St Albans and Welwyn Hatfield as having increased its infection rates week-on-week.
This slight uptick fits with the national trend as 185 of the 315 local areas in England saw a rise in cases in the seven days to May 10.
The rates come ahead of further lockdown easing from Monday (May 17) as part of the third stage of the four-point roadmap plan.
Bolton in Greater Manchester has the country’s highest rate with 657 new cases – the equivalent of 228.5 cases per 100,000 people.
That’s after concerns over the spread of the Indian variant which Boris Johnson confirmed in a news briefing yesterday is “more transmissible” – although it’s not yet known how much by.
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The PM said: “At this stage, there are some important unknowns, but we believe this variant is more transmissible than the previous one.
“In other words, it passes more easily from person to person. But we don’t know by how much.
“I’m told that if it’s only marginally more transmissible, we can continue more or less as planned. But if the variant is significantly more transmissible, we’re likely to face some hard choices.”
In Hertfordshire, Watford recorded the biggest spike in cases, going from an infection rate of 29 to 47.6.
And Broxbourne stays bottom of the pile with an infection rate of 7.2, just five months after it recorded rates of over 1,400.
Despite the number of Hertfordshire districts recording a rise in cases, only Watford and Three Rivers, which an infection rate of 23.6, stand above England’s national average of 23.3.
But the Indian variant has shown that people must continue to follow the rules if the final stage of the roadmap is to be carried out in full.
While the restrictions due to be eased from Monday will continue as planned, the PM confirmed that he would bring in further restrictions later if they would stop the NHS from being overwhelmed.
Mr Johnson also confirmed that the government will now start to accelerate remaining second doses to the over 50s and those who are vulnerable in England.
Latest figures across Hertfordshire
The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on May 14 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
The figures, for the seven days to May 10, 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.
Hover over, or press on, each part of the interactive map below to reveal the infection rate for each Herts borough.
Data for the most recent four days (May 11-14) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 10; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 10; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 3; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 3.
Watford, 47.6, (46), 29.0, (28)
Three Rivers, 23.6, (22), 17.1, (16)
Dacorum, 19.4, (30), 16.2, (25)
Hertsmere, 19.1, (20), 17.2, (18)
St Albans, 17.5, (26), 11.5, (17)
Stevenage, 17.1, (15), 17.1, (15)
Welwyn Hatfield, 15.4, (19), 12.2, (15)
North Hertfordshire, 9.7, (13), 11.2, (15)
East Hertfordshire, 8.7, (13), 10.7, (16)
Broxbourne, 7.2, (7), 10.3, (10)