These are the Stevenage neighbourhoods with the highest and lowest Covid-19 infection rates

PUBLISHED: 17:32 20 October 2020 | UPDATED: 13:45 21 October 2020

Covid-19 infections are falling significantly in parts of Stevenage, but doubling in others. Picture: GettyImages / iStockPhoto / Richard Johnson

Covid-19 infections are falling significantly in parts of Stevenage, but doubling in others. Picture: GettyImages / iStockPhoto / Richard Johnson

GettyImages / iStockPhoto / Richard Johnson

New data has shown large variations in coronavirus infection rates across Stevenage, with cases falling drastically in some areas, yet more than doubling in others.

The borough’s Covid-19 infection rate remained above the national average last week and was continuing to slowly rise, according to the latest government figures.

In some parts of the borough cases had doubled within a week, but other areas’ case rates were falling. A few recorded so few infections that the data was not even released.

Overall, the borough recorded 36 new cases in the week up to October 14.

That gave an overall infection rate of 41 cases per 100,000 people and meant new cases had risen by six per cent, compared to the previous week.

Stevenage’s most-infect neighbourhood was Woodfield and Old Town, where 10 new cases were recorded – a rise of 25 per cent in one week.

The area had a case rate of 81 confirmed infections per 100,000 people.

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Each area’s figures are converted into an infection rate per 100,000 people, so data is standardised and comparable across the UK.

Martins Wood had only four new cases – but that amounted to a doubling in one week.

Its overall infection rate in the week ending October 14 was 63.1 cases per 100,000.

New infections also doubled in the St Nicholas area, which also had four new cases. Its infection rate rose to 52.3 cases per 100,000 people.

It is not known which is Stevenage’s least-infected community, as several areas did not have any data released.

In each of those areas, this means there were only one or two positive cases detected that week.

Areas with only one or two new cases in the week ending October 14 included Broadwater, Shephall, Roebuck and Symonds Green.


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