TWO areas in Herefordshire have seen 100 or more coronavirus cases reported in just one week.

In the seven days to Wednesday, September 22, a UK Government heatmap shows the areas in Herefordshire with the highest number of new coronavirus cases.

Some 119 cases were found in Hereford south west, and 100 in Hereford south.

It means infection rates in the areas are 1,438.1 and 1022.1 cases per 100,000 people respectively.

Hereford south west includes streets such as The Oval in Newton Farm and Blackmarston Road and Beattie Avenue.

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 600 cases per 100,00 people or higher include Hereford north east; Hereford east; Hereford central; Shobdon, Luston and Bodenham; Leominster north; Belmont, Madley and Clehonger; and Lugwardine, Withington and Moreton-on-Lugg.

In total, Herefordshire reported 951 cases in the seven-day period, giving it a infection rate of 491.2 cases per 100,000 people. That was 354 more cases than the week before, when the infection rate was 308.3.

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.

Several schools in Herefordshire have told parents that coronavirus cases are rising, and are taking extra precautions.

Students at some schools have been told to wear masks in communal areas again, and on Monday Weobley High School said it would start asking pupils to socially distance.

Last week, Herefordshire's public health team warned parents not to send their children to school if they have coronavirus symptoms.