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Covid outbreaks in Watford, Hertsmere and St Albans as infection rates surge past 50

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Covid outbreaks in Watford, Hertsmere and St Albans - live

By Nathan Louis

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    There has been a substantial outbreak of Covid-19 across south west Hertfordshire.
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  • Latest figures released by the government show hundreds of new cases have been identified in our area of the county within the last ten days.
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  • In Hertsmere, St Albans, and Watford in particular, the rates are over a threshold meaning we may see additional restrictions implemented if the rate of new cases continues to escalate.
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  • Worst affected, by size of population, at the moment, is Hertsmere where the latest weekly rate of cases is 78.2 (82 cases) - which is higher than what it was in late August and early September when Hertsmere was listed as an 'area of concern' by Public Health England.
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  • The spike in cases, which have nearly tripled in a week, coincided with Hertsmere actually being taken off the Covid-19 watch list.
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  • The latest rate in Watford is also the highest the town has seen since the peak of the pandemic.
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  • There have been 56 cases in the seven days to October 2 which is a rate of 58.0 - nearly double what it was just a week ago.
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  • St Albans has seen multiple daily cases for a month, but cases spiked at the end of September and beginning of October with 48 new cases in just three days.
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  • Dacorum, which experienced a rise in cases in August, is experiencing another spike, while levels in Three Rivers are also quite high but cases have stabilised in the district after a warning was issued last week by Hertfordshire County Council.
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  • At this stage, the source of the outbreaks of Covid-19 across south west Hertfordshire is unclear.
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  • See our live blog for further information and data, reaction, and where we could be heading if rates continue to rise.