The Government’s Sage advisory body has warned that, over the festive season, every regions infection rate could exceed that of areas – like Liverpool and Manchester – that are already in Tier 3.

With COVID-19 infections continuing to increase and with 367 COVID-19 related deaths recorded yesterday, the highest daily increase in COVID-19 related deaths since May, pressure continues to grow on the Prime Minister to take further action.

Scientists had originally warned that we may see 200 deaths a day by November, but this weeks figures are a stark reminder that once infections grow at a rapid rate, hospitalisations soon follow and deaths are sadly not far behind.

In Herefordshire, 163 new cases were recorded in the last 7 days, week ending 24th October. That is a 68% increase on the week before, leading to Herefordshire Council and Public Health England advising the public to follow the rules to avoid further restrictions being imposed.

Herefordshire Public Health Director Karen Wright said:

“While we are looking good in Herefordshire, I am concerned about the uptick.

“We are seeing more cases in the last seven days.

“It’s so important for everybody to do the right thing to stop the infection.”