Infection rates decrease but no room for complacency says Watford’s Mayor

Watford Borough Council is pleased to announce that the number of COVID-19 cases recorded are improving across Watford, with the case infection rate down to 91 per 100,000 people

Watford has seen about an 11% reduction in rates over the last week, with rates almost halving the week before that.

The council is also urging people to remain careful about the actions they take in the following weeks and months as we emerge from the pandemic.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “I am so grateful to everyone in Watford for all their hard work and sacrifices over the last few months. It continues to be a difficult time for everyone in our community, not least the incredible NHS staff who have been working around the clock caring for patients in hospitals, testing residents and administering vaccines.

“It is vital that we all remember that having the vaccine doesn’t mean you can’t catch and spread the virus. Even if you have received your vaccine you must continue to be careful, following the guidelines to stop the spread to others.

“We are all hoping for a brighter summer, with restrictions lifting and our lives returning to normal. To ensure this can become a reality, we all need to remain vigilant and continue to take this virus very seriously. We are all beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and we now have to make sure our standards don’t slip in the next few months so we can get to where we want to be. Restrictions will only be lifted if we keep following the guidelines and our infection rates continue to drop as a result. Maintaining social distancing, limiting your contact with others and wearing a mask remain essential to limit the spread. It is only by limiting the number of new cases that we can then reduce the likelihood of new variants and the threat they bring. ”

Figures are released as Government announces its roadmap out of lockdown beginning with the reopening of schools on the 8 March. The move is supported by a rapid testing programme which aims to identify children and teenagers who may be infected but without symptoms (asymptomatic).