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COVID-19 infection rates are rising rapidly in parts of Herefordshire, with the Hereford area particularly affected. This comes as 374 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the county in just the past 72 hours.

The areas recording infection rates above 400 cases per 100,000 population in the seven day period ending 14th August:

Belmont, Madley & Clehonger: 29 new cases. Infection rate of 427.8 cases per 100,000 population. Up 123.1% on previous seven days.

Hereford West: 53 new cases. Infection rate of 738.8 cases per 100,000 population. Up 231.2% on previous seven days.

Hereford Central: 59 new cases. Infection rate of 586 cases per 100,000 population. Up 103.4% on previous seven days.

Lugwardine, Withington & Moreton on Lugg: 34 new cases. Infection rate of 443.2 cases per 100,000 population. Up 126.7% on previous seven days.

Hereford South: 40 new cases. Infection rate of 409 cases per 100,000 population. Up 135.3% on previous seven days.

Hereford South West: 34 new cases. Infection rate of 411.1 cases per 100,000 population. Up 325% on previous seven days.

Credenhill, Weobley & Wellington: 43 new cases. Infection rate of 447.5 cases per 100,000 population. Up 377.8% on previous seven days.

Herefordshire’s overall infection rate is also rising rapidly, with 583 new cases recorded in the seven days ending 15th August. This gives an infection rate of 301.1 cases per 100,000 population, up 119.2% on the previous seven day period.

SOURCE – Interactive map of cases | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk)

Latest data from NHS England also shows that the number of people at hospital with COVID-19 in Herefordshire has also increased. Data indicates that on 17th August, 13 patients had COVID-19 at hospital in Herefordshire. This is up from 11 patients on the 10th August.

SOURCE – Statistics » COVID-19 Hospital Activity (england.nhs.uk)