Stevenage has seen it’s Covid-19 infection rate more than triple in a week.
It comes as nine out of 10 Hertfordshire boroughs recorded an uptick in their infection rates and case numbers, according to the latest Public Health England data.
The figures have been released just weeks before the final stage of the government’s four-point roadmap plan is due to be introduced on June 21.
168 local areas in England – or 53 per cent – have seen a rise in rates, while 132 (42 per cent) have seen a decline. 15 remain unchanged.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock claimed on Thursday (May 27) that it’s still too early to say whether the June 21 lifting of restrictions will go ahead despite the link between Covid-19 cases, hospital admissions and deaths being “severed”.
After recording an infection rate of 6.8 cases per 100,000 population in the week to May 16, Stevenage’s rate has now jumped to 20.5 – making it the third worst-affected local authority in the county.
Watford currently has Hertfordshire’s highest infection rate with 43.5 cases per 100,000 in the week to May 23, increasing from 30.0 in the previous week.
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Hertsmere, meanwhile, sits in second with an infection rate of 22.9, up from 15.2.
Three Rivers is the only district that recorded a drop in cases having seen its rate slightly dip from 21.4 to 20.0.
And the county’s lowest infection rate can be found in North Hertfordshire with a rate of 8.2.
There are concerns about the spread of the Indian variant across the UK, with Matt Hancock saying up to 75 per cent of Covid cases in the country could be the Indian variant.
The latest Public Health England data showed cases of the variant have risen by 3,535 to 6,959 since last week.
It’s “critical” to continue to monitor the link between cases and hospitalisations, the Health Secretary said.
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Latest figures across Hertfordshire
The figures, for the seven days to May 23, 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 (May 24-27) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.
The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on May 27 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
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From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 23; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 23; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 16; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 16.
Watford, 43.5, (42), 30.0, (29)
Hertsmere, 22.9, (24), 15.2, (16)
Stevenage, 20.5, (18), 6.8, (6)
Three Rivers, 20.4, (19), 21.4, (20)
St Albans, 18.9, (28), 14.1, (21)
Welwyn Hatfield, 17.1, (21), 8.9, (11)
Broxbourne, 16.4, (16), 13.4, (13)
Dacorum, 14.9, (23), 10.3, (16)
East Hertfordshire, 9.3, (14), 4.7, (7)
North Hertfordshire, 8.2, (11), 7.5, (10)
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