Gentle rise in Wealden Covid-19 cases goes on

Lab-confirmed cases of Wealden Covid-19 cases continues up a gentle slope, as shown by this website’s dataset.

The total of lab-confirmed Coronavirus cases in the district now stands at  481 – a rise of five since we last reported the figures a week ago.

It is an increase of ten in a fortnight.

The rate of infection is now 297.9 per 100,000 of population.

A rise in the rate per 100,000 of population is inevitable as the number of cases increases because the population is static.

On a list of local councils, Wealden is now 73rd, last week 77th. Data now includes Welsh and Scottish local councils.

Our dataset, compiled from Office for National Statistics numbers, is up to teatime yesterday.

Compare and contrast Wealden Coronavirus cases with other areas

Here are the statistics from our dataset from neighbouring areas (last week’s figure in brackets)

  • Brighton and Hove  834 (824). Current rate per 100,000 population 286.7.
  • Eastbourne 457 (454). Current rate per 100,000 population 440.5. 
  • Hastings borough 140 (138). Current rate per 100,000- population 151.1.  
  • Lewes district 389 (379). Current rate per 100,000 population 376.7.
  • Mid Sussex 619 (613). Current rate per 100,000 population 409.9.
  • Rother 194 (191). Current rate per 100,000 population 201.9.
  • Tunbridge Wells district  501 (495). Current rate – per 100,000 population 422.0.

More comparisons

  • East Sussex –  1,661 (1,638) lab-confirmed cases with a rate of per 100,000 population 298.01.
  • West Sussex – 2,857 (2,826) lab-confirmed cases with a rate of per 100,000 population 330.7.
  • South East region – (36,397 (35,904) lab-confirmed cases with a rate of per 100,000 population 396.5.
  • England – 275,000 (268,312) lab-confirmed cases with a rate of per 100,000 population 488.9.

There figures show the total number of people with at least one lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 test result since the start of the pandemic in each area. The rates per 100,000 resident population give a fairer comparison of the number of cases in each area but they do not take account of the different rates of testing or differences in the age and sex of the local populations.

Public health director’s message

East Sussex Director of Public Health, Darrell Gale, said the county now had more data which gave a clearer understanding of Covid-19 cases identified through NHS Test and Trace, how they change over time and how it compared with other area.

“The key message is that as with elsewhere in the country, Covid-19 has not gone away in East Sussex,” he said, “and we are continuing to see cases in all parts of the county. 

“Whilst overall, we have had a lower rate compared with the national average, we continue to see new cases in East Sussex, which in some areas has meant a weekly rate higher than the national average.”

Mr Gale said that as lockdown measures eased it was vitally important that everyone:

  • Maintained social distancing,
  • Was vigilant of signs and symptoms (high temperature, new persistent cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste), and to self-isolate and order a test if they appear (, and
  • wash hands regularly.

Details of Coronavirus cases in Uckfield and surrounding areas.

There have been no changes since our story of three weeks ago. See here

It is important to note that those figures do NOT mean there have been no coronavirus cases in the Uckfield area in the period August 5 to August 11. If an area has two or fewer cases (including zero), the data is suppressed for reasons of confidentiality by Public Health England. 

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