The latest data shows that there were nearly 2,000 new coronavirus cases in a week in Hertfordshire as the situation across the county continues to cause concern.
Despite being in a national lockdown, eight out of Hertfordshire’s ten boroughs have seen a rise in cases in the week ending November 15 when compared to the week before.
An increase in cases in Broxbourne has brought the borough’s infection rate close to 250 cases per 100,000 people – another worrying milestone that the area is looking likely to hit.
There has also been a significant rise of people testing positive in East Hertfordshire as there were nearly 300 new cases in the week ending November 15. This has brought the infection rate up to 192.3 after 288 people tested positive.
Three Rivers is the third worst-affected area in the county after 167 people tested positive for the virus – a rise of 21 from the previous week.
After being the least-affected area in Herts for some time, Stevenage is now fourth on the list with an infection rate of 178.7.
This is up from 133.2 per 100,000 people rating in the week ending November 8.
Watford and Welwyn Hatfield are the only two boroughs which have seen a slight drop in cases in the county. Despite this, the infection rates and weekly number of new cases are still above the Tier 2 threshold.
It comes as a secondary school in Watford has told two year groups to work from home after several pupils and a staff member tested positive earlier this week.
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Both St Albans and North Hertfordshire have seen a rise in cases. In St Albans, 44 more people tested positive for the virus in relation to the before the seven days up to November 15. In North Herts, 59 more people tested positive bringing the weekly total in that area to 206.
Dacorum is the least affected area with an infection rate of 126.6 – however cases are still high with nearly 200 (196) people testing positive in a week.
The list has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published on November 19 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
The list in full
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 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 15; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 8; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 8.
Broxbourne 241.6 (235), 213.8 (208)
East Hertfordshire 192.3 (288), 142.9 (214)
Three Rivers 178.9 (167), 156.4 (146)
Stevenage 178.7 (157), 133.2 (117)
Watford 163.6 (158), 185.3 (179)
St Albans 157.0 (233), 127.3 (189)
North Hertfordshire 154.2 (206), 110.1 (147)
Welwyn Hatfield 152.0 (187), 169.9 (209)
Hertsmere 150.6 (158), 108.7 (114)
Dacorum 126.6 (196), 118.2 (183)