Hertfordshire Covid: Tier 3 likely for Broxbourne as dramatic rise in cases could jeopardise Christmas – Herts Live

With Christmas only days away, coronavirus cases in the borough of Broxbourne have surpassed a worrying milestone and are now the highest they have ever been.

The latest set of data from Public Health England shows how over 300 people tested positive for the virus in the borough in the week ending December 7.

This has taken the area’s infection rate to 327.9 – the highest it’s been since the outbreak and one of the highest in the county during the first and second wave.

Broxbourne now is the 19th most infected area in England with cases nearly doubling within a week.

In the week ending November 30, cases in Broxbourne were still the highest in Hertfordshire but were dropping as 179 people tested positive.

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But just a week later, 319 people tested positive – only 39 away from doubling.

This is really worrying news for the area as it is by far the worst hit area in Hertfordshire with the Tier review fast approaching.

The second most infected area in Herts and the nearest to Broxbourne is the borough of Watford which has an infection rate of 240.2 cases per 100,000 people. The rates are different by 87.7.

There are plenty of questions about why the rate is going up but one reason is the people who aren’t following the rules.

Late last night, police attended an unlicensed music event on the River Lea in Cheshunt which was a breach of the Covid regulations.

It is not yet known what Tier Broxbourne will be put in if the situation doesn’t improve by next Wednesday, but if it keeps on getting worse, the area looks destined for Tier 3.

A spokesperson for Broxbourne Council said: “The case rate in our Borough is now the highest it’s ever been.

“If this continues, we’re likely to be put in Tier 3 and it could also jeopardise Christmas. To avoid this, we need to play our part and follow the guidance to the letter.”