TWO areas in Herefordshire have seen more than 100 coronavirus cases reported in just one week, with the infection rate in the county still high.

In the seven days to Friday, October 1, a UK Government heatmap showed the areas in Herefordshire with the highest number of new coronavirus cases.

Some 104 cases were found in Hereford South, and the same number in Hereford South West.

It meant infection rates in the areas were 1063 and 1256.8 cases per 100,000 people respectively.


Hereford South West includes streets such as The Oval in Newton Farm and Blackmarston Road and Beattie Avenue, and Hereford South covers streets such as Holme Lacy Road and Hoarwithy Road.

The map breaks Herefordshire down into 23 sections known as middle super output areas.

These are used to try and improve the reporting of small area statistics, with an average population over around 7,200 people in England and Wales.

Other areas with infection rates of 750 cases per 100,00 people or higher include Hereford East; Belmont, Madley and Clehonger; Kingstone and Kingsthorne; and Fownhope, Tarrington and Marcle.


In total, Herefordshire reported 1119 cases in the seven-day period, giving it a infection rate of 578 cases per 100,000 people. That was 13 fewer cases than the week before, when the infection rate was 584.7.

Seven–day rates are expressed per 100,000 population and are calculated by dividing the seven day count by the area population and multiplying by 100,000. This helps when comparing rates across the county.

Full area-by-area breakdown.

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It comes days after Herefordshire was warned that coronavirus case rates were "very high" and people needed to do more to limit the spread.

The county's public health chief issued the urgent warning as the rate of new coronavirus cases in Herefordshire passed 600 new cases per 100,000 people in the most-recent week – the highest rate ever seen in Herefordshire.

That has since dropped slightly.

Acting public health director Dr Rebecca Howell-Jones said people needed to make sure they were taking necessary precautions to protect themselves and others.

That included wearing face coverings in busy indoor places, washing hands, socially distancing, letting fresh air indoors, taking up vaccinations when offered and testing regularly.

At the same time, Herefordshire Council said cases of Covid were particularly high among young people.

It said more than 1,000 children were off school last Thursday due to the virus.