Covid-19 alert level goes up

The whole of Sussex is on Covid-19 “yellow alert” meaning the county has a state of “raised local alertness”.

East Sussex County Council announced its change in level from Green to Yellow last Thursday (September 17) and it aligns with the status in both West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

There are four levels of escalation in the local fight against the Coronavirus:

RED – national oversight
AMBER – Raised local concern
YELLOW – Raised local alertness
GREEN – Outbreak prevention and containment.

More detail about the county council’s escalation framework is available in the East Sussex COVID-19 Outbreak Control Plan [external link]

Picture in Wealden and nearby areas

The number of lab-confirmed cases in Wealden has continued to rise but continues to track below the England weekly rate.

Neighbouring Eastbourne is the only council area in the county to have had similar rates to England in recent days.

The seven-day rolling average of cases per 100,000 of population for Eastbourne (as at September 15) was 18.31, Wealden 14.24, East Sussex as a whole 12.92, Hastings 11.87, Lewes 9.68 and Rother 9.37. England was 33.87.

Wealden specific

In the past week, the number of cases in Wealden has generally risen by two a day and the figure as of teatime yesterday (September 20) stood at 542, an increase of 11 on the previous seven days total.

Last Monday (September 14), we reported that the rise in lab-confirmed cases in the previous seven days was 22.

In the last seven days there was only one occasion when no new cases were confirmed in Wealden – on Wednesday (September 16).

During this whole period, there has been national concern about the availability of tests for the Cornavirus.

On a list of 380 local councils, Wealden is 68th (74th last week) when it comes to the rate per 100,000 of population since the pandemic began.

Looking specifically at the Uckfield area, there were between 0 and 2 cases in the following areas in the seven days to September 14.

  • Uckfield Town and North
  • Uckfield South (New Town and Ridgewood)
  • Buxted, Framfield and Rotherfield (includes High Hurstwood, Blackboys and Waldron)
    Five Ash Down, Horsted and Chiddingly (includes Maresfield, Piltdown, Isfield, Halland, East Hoathly and Laughton)
    Chelwood and Nutley (includes Fletching)

Only the exact number of cases is given in official releases when the number of cases is three or more in a particular area.

Compare and contrast Wealden Coronavirus cases with other areas

Here are the statistics for neighbouring areas (last week’s figure and the previous week’s in brackets) with the rate per 100,000 of population since the outbreak began.

  • Brighton and Hove 1,017 (962, 900) – 349.6 per hundred thousand of population.
  • Eastbourne 511 (501, 474) – 492.6 per hundred thousand of population
  • Hastings borough 188 (183,167) – 202.9 per hundred thousand of population.  
  • Lewes district 418 (413, 401) –  404.8 per hundred thousand of population.
  • Mid Sussex 699 (685, 662) – 462.8 per hundred thousand of population.
  • Rother 225 (218, 204) – 234.2 per hundred thousand of population.
  • Tunbridge Wells district 560 (547, 529) – 471.7 per hundred thousand of population.

More comparisons

  • East Sussex –  1,884 (1,846, 1,755) – 338.1 per hundred thousand of population.
  • West Sussex –   3,293 (3,177, 3,035) – 381.1 per hundred thousand of population.
  • South East region – 40,908 (39,935, 38,537) – 445.6 per hundred thousand of population.
  • England –  339,901 (318,121) – 603.9 per hundred thousand of population.


The number of cases in Uckfield area communities is reported over a different period to the Wealden figures, as our some of the seven-day rolling averages. This is due to the timings of data releases.

This website maintains its own datasets to track Covid-19 in Uckfield, surrounding villages and Wealden more generally. Our statistics are generally taken from ONS data and other published Government sources..

We normally report cases each Monday, based on data up to 4pm the previous day, to allow seven-day comparisons to be made. 

The number of deaths in Wealden is generally updated on a Wednesday and for Uckfield and surrounding villages on a monthly basis.

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