A Herefordshire school has taken the decision to temporarily close for a COVID-19 ‘circuit breaker’ with cases rising once again across Herefordshire.

St Mary’s CE Primary School will be closed from today (Tuesday 23 November 2021) to Monday 29 November 2021, for a Circuit Breaker closure due to COVID-19 transmission rates.

The closure comes as COVID-19 infection rates in Herefordshire begin to rise once again.

Latest data issued by Public Health England shows that in the seven day period ending 17th November, a total of 918 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Herefordshire. This is an increase of 16.1% on the previous seven day period and gave a COVID-19 infection rate of 474.1 cases per 100,000 population.

The areas with the highest COVID-19 infection rates in Herefordshire remain the Leominster North area (1,272 cases per 100,000 population) and the Leominster South area (979 cases per 100,000 population). The area with the lowest COVID-19 infection rate at present in Herefordshire is the Belmont, Madley & Clehonger area (88 cases per 100,000 population).

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