Two new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Herefordshire, taking the total number of cases in the county to 903 since the outbreak started.

The increase in cases yesterday, follows an increase of three cases on Monday after several days where no cases were recorded. The rate of infection per 100,000 population is currently at 470.1, far below that of areas that seen lockdown restrictions tightened. Herefordshire’s rate of infection is higher than that of neighbouring counties including Shropshire and Worcestershire, with the large outbreak at a farm near Malvern the main reason behind this.

In the United Kingdom, over 1,000 new cases were recorded, taking the total number of cases recorded since the start of the outbreak to 320,286.

150,174 tests were completed in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of tests to nearly 15 million since the start of the outbreak. 11 further deaths were recorded in the United Kingdom, taking the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 41,380.

Worldwide, over 22 million cases have been recorded so far, with 15 million making a recovery and over 780,000 have sadly lost their lives.