An important benchmark was recorded yesterday afternoon (June 28) by this website’s tracker of Coronavirus lab-confirmed cases in Wealden.
There have been NO new lab-confirmed cases since we last reported a week ago.
This is the first time the UckfieldNews.com weekly report, which began in mid-May and is based on Office for National Statistics data, has reported a zero increase week on week.
The number of lab-confirmed cases in Wealden remains at 231, which is a rate of 144.2 per 100,000 of population.
Fewer cases in neighbouring areas
When we began following the Wealden numbers, there were 194 lab-confirmed cases.
Wealden remains 38th on a list of lower-tier local authorities.
The rate per 100,000 inevitably increases as the number of positive tests goes up and a change of just a handful of cases can alter where an area sits in the national list of authorities.
Data for neighbouring areas to Wealden also shows a low number of new lab-confirmed cases.
Neighbouring areas (with last time’s figure in brackets):
- Brighton and Hove 489 (486) – rate per 100,000 population 168.4
- Rother 109 (107) – rate per 100,000 population 113.9
- Eastbourne 164 (162) – rate per 100,000 population 159.0
- Hastings borough 58 (58) – rate per 100,000- population 62.5
- Tunbridge Wells district 274 (271) – rate per 100,000 population 232.1
- Lewes district 217 (216) – rate per 100,000 population 211.2
- Mid Sussex 296 (294) – rate per 100,000 population 197.7
- East Sussex – 779 (774) lab-confirmed cases with a rate of 140.5 per 100,000 population
- West Sussex – 1,378 (1,368) lab-confirmed cases with a rate of 160.4 per 100,000 population
- South East region – 22,803 (22,581) lab-confirmed cases with a rate of 249.7 per 100,000 population
- England – 160,292 (158,940)) lab-confirmed cases with a rate per 100,000 population of 286.4
These figures are extracted from Office of National Statistics data.
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 have gone 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.