Hertfordshire Covid: St Albans ranked as one of the UK’s worst-hit areas as Omicron spreads

An area in Herts is currently ranked as one of the UK’s worst-hit boroughs as infection rates continue to soar.

The UK recorded 88,376 infections yesterday, a new daily record (Thursday, December 16).

It’s as Omicron continues to rip across the UK, particularly in London, in the run-up to Christmas.

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St Albans is currently the UK’s 23rd worst-affected area when it comes to infection rates.

The borough recorded an infection rate of 786.9 per 100,000 in the seven days to December 12, up from 610.1 the week before.

Every area in Herts has seen an upwards tick in infection rates over the last week.

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Of the 377 local areas in the UK, 231 (61 per cent) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates, 144 (38 per cent) have seen a fall and two are unchanged.

Lambeth in London has the highest rate in the UK with 3,098 new cases in the seven days to December 12 – the equivalent of 962.7 per 100,000 people.

Hertfordshire’s lowest infection rate can be found in Hertsmere with 549.9, still up from 464.6 week-on-week.

Hertfordshire’s latest Covid figures

The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency using data published on December 16 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

The figures, for the seven days to December 12, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent four days (December 13-16) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Press on, or hover over, each part of the interactive map above to reveal the infection rate for each area of Herts.

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It reads, from left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to December 12; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 12; rate of new cases in the seven days to December 5; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 5.

St Albans, 786.9, (1175), 610.1, (911)

North Hertfordshire, 714.8, (954), 637.6, (851)

Three Rivers, 683.2, (642), 576.8, (542)

Stevenage, 668.5, (589), 548.2, (483)

Welwyn Hatfield, 661.1, (819), 547.2, (678)

East Hertfordshire, 648.9, (985), 556.0, (844)

Dacorum, 645.2, (1003), 524.3, (815)

Broxbourne, 586.1, (572), 393.5, (384)

Watford, 568.2, (549), 494.7, (478)

Hertsmere, 549.9, (580), 464.6, (490)

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