Coronavirus latest: Dacorum records 18 new confirmed cases today

Hertfordshire has 144 new cases

Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 4:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 4:48 pm

There have been 18 new positive Covid-19 tests in Dacorum in the last 24 hours, the total for the borough is now 1,065, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

There were 144 new cases in Hertfordshire, the total is now 8,742.

There have been two new deaths of a patient testing positive for Covid-19 in Hertfordshire and one in Dacorum. The total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic of people who had a positive test result for COVID-19 and died within 28 days of the first positive test in Dacorum is now 99, and in Hertfordshire it is now 879 deaths.

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There have been 762,542 lab-confirmed cases in the UK, rising by 21,331.

The latest R number is estimated at 1.3 to 1.5 with a daily growth rate range of 4% to 7%.

The number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths has been recorded as 43,967, rising by 241 - according to Public Health England.

Nationally, the death toll has been 'recalculated' by officials. The new count is based on a new definition of who has died from Covid-19.

Previously, people in England who died at any stage following a positive test, regardless of the cause of their death, were counted in the figures.

However, there is now a cut off point of 28 days from the first laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test.

The figures for the number of patients recovered from Covid-19 have not been released by Public Health England.

The new figures were recorded between 5pm on Sunday, October 18, and Monday, October 19.

The figures come from the Government website which is available for the public to view here.On Monday, October 12, in an effort to address the rising infection rates, the Prime Minister introduced the three-tier system for local lockdowns, which means different parts of England have been placed into different categories.

Areas in England will now be labelled as medium, high or very high risk, depending on their infection rates, which will inform the “appropriate interventions” needed in each area.

Dacorum and Hertfordshire have both been ranked in the "medium" tier.

Read: This is where Dacorum has ranked in the government's new Covid-19 three-tier systemFor a breakdown of where the confirmed cases were recorded up to October 14, click here.The JPI Data team have created a series of interactive maps - www.hemeltoday.co.uk/interactive/coronavirus-uk-map-covid-19 - that will track the impact of Covid-19 on each local area and region of the UK.