Confirmed Coronavirus cases in Wealden have edged up since our report six days ago.
There have now been 213 cases in the district (204 when we last reported on May 26).
The rate of lab-confirmed cases per 100,000 people is now 133.0 (127.4 last time), putting Wealden 33rd on a list of lower-tier local authorities (30th last time).
The rate per 100,000 inevitably increases as the number of positive tests goes up and a change one or two cases can alter where an area sits in the national list of authorities.
Neighbouring areas (with last time’s figure in brackets):
- Rother 95 (94) – rate per 100,000 population 99.3
- Eastbourne 150 (148) – rate per 100,000 population 145.4
- Tunbridge Wells 206 (188) – rate per 100,000 population 174.5
- Lewes 201 (188) – rate per 100,000 population 195.6
- Mid Sussex 286 (282) – rate per 100,000 population 191.0
- East Sussex 714 lab-confirmed cases with a rate of 128.7 per 100,000 population
- West Sussex 1,320 lab-confirmed cases with a rate of 153.7 per 100,000 population
- South East region 21,545 lab-confirmed cases with a rate of 235.9 per 100,000 population
- England 151,856 lab-confirmed cases with a rate per 100,000 population of 271.3
ONS note: Covid-19 cases are identified by taking specimens from people and sending these specimens to laboratories to be tested. If the test is positive, this is a referred to as a lab-confirmed case.
UckfieldNews notes: As stated, these are lab-confirmed cases. The number of people who have had coronavirus will be higher as people may have symptoms but go untested and some people display no symptoms at all.
The rate per 100,000 will inevitably increase and small rises are not cause for alarm. The number of positive lab-confirmed tests is rising (small numbers) while the total population total is, of course, unchanged.