Coronavirus: The latest figures in St Albans and Harpenden

Coronavirus cases are on the rise across the UK. Picture: Polina Tankilevitch/Pexels

Coronavirus cases are on the rise across the UK. Picture: Polina Tankilevitch/Pexels - Credit: Polina Tankilevitch/Pexels

Case numbers of the coronavirus have risen in St Albans and Harpenden.

With this comes the government’s new ‘rule of six’, which forbids people from meeting in groups larger than six people, inside or outside, for the foreseeable future.

Neighbouring local authority Hertsmere was also designated an area of concern by the Department of Health on Friday, as it reported 50 new cases in the week beginning September 7.

So, how bad is it getting in our area?

Cases have been reported at various schools in the district, with some year groups being sent home as a result, including Loreto College, Windermere, Sir John Lawes, How Wood and Skyswood.

The latest data shows that St Albans and Harpenden had 32 cases per 100,000 people between September 4 and September 10, which is almost double the average area in England which had 18.

During that same time period, there were 48 new cases recorded in St Albans and Harpenden, with a total of 665 cases overall up to September 14.

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St Albans and Harpenden has recorded 136 coronavirus-related deaths up until September 4.

The daily number of tests processed, reported on Thursday, September 10, was 227,465, and the R-rate of the virus is between one and 1.2, as of Friday, September 11.

Jim McManus, Herts county council’s director of public health said: “The current figures for St Albans show a case rate of 37 per 100,000 population. Numbers have been rising in St Albans and Harpenden and across the district, as is now the cases in a number of areas in the country.

“Numbers are rising particularly in the under 30 and the 40-59 age groups, and cases are at their highest since May. COVID-19 has not gone away, it is returning, across the country.

“The county council and the district council have jointly agreed an action plan which has a range of targeted actions to ensure we do what we can to reduce the spread of the virus in St Albans.

“Among a range of actions agreed include targeted actions to ensure social distancing in pubs and restaurants, contact tracing of infected people, and work in a range of settings from schools to markets and workplaces.”