Public Health England have confirmed that no further COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Herefordshire, meaning that the total number of cases of COVID-19 recorded in Herefordshire since the start of the pandemic remains at 7,165. No further deaths were recorded at hospitals in Herefordshire.

In the United Kingdom, a further 3,165 cases were recorded today, this is up on the 2,493 cases that were recorded last Tuesday, but the good news is that no COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded in the whole of the UK. This is the first time that the UK has recorded zero daily deaths since the start of the pandemic.

With cases starting to rise again, a number of scientists have been suggesting that the government should delay the next stage of the relaxation of restrictions, with some scientists saying that the United Kingdom is on a knife edge and could risk entering a third wave of infections if restrictions are relaxed any further.

The difference this time around however is that the vast majority of those most vulnerable to the virus have now been vaccinated. The vaccine rollout is now down to the over 30’s, with those aged over 28 expected to be invited to book their jab within the next ten days.

Following today’s update, Herefordshire’s COVID-19 infection rate is now 11.4 cases per 100,000 population for the seven days ending 27th May. This is DOWN on the 16.1 cases per 100,000 population that was recorded in the seven days ending 20th May.