Updated statistics on the prevalence of Covid-19 within the Wealden District Council area have been issued by the government.
Three more lab-confirmed cases have been reported in the past week.
The total for Wealden stands on Saturday, May 16, at 197 cases, which is a rate of 123 per 100,000 people.
In our report last Monday (May 11), the number of lab-confirmed cases in the district was 194, giving a rate per 100,000 of population of 121.1.
As the number of cases rises, the rate per 100,000 will inevitably increase.
The rate of 123 per 100,000 people puts Wealden 32nd in the list of 316 lower-tier local authorities, a one place improvement on the previous ranking.
Neighbouring areas with last week’s figures in brackets
- Mid Sussex: total number of cases – 281 (277)
- Rate per 100,000 – 187.7 (185.0)
- Lewes district: total number of cases – 183 (179)
- Rate per 100,00 – 178.1 (174.2)
- Tunbridge Wells district: total number of cases – 164 (161)
- Rate per 100,000 – 138.9 (136.4)
- Rother district: total number of cases – 86 (85)
- Rate per 100,000 – 89.9 (88.9).
In England there have been 142,523 cases (134,975) with a rate per 100,000 of 254.6 (241.1).
In the South East region there have been 20,071 cases (19,119) with a rate of 219.7 per 100,000 (209.3).
In East Sussex there have been 661 cases (646) with a rate of 119.2 per 100,000 (116.5).
In West Sussex there have been 1,272 cases (1,227) with a rate of 148.1 per 100,000 (142.9).
The lower tier local authority area with the highest rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 remains Barrow-in-Furness 823.7 (805.8). The lowest is now Torridge (Devon) with a rate of 51.4.
The second lowest place remains Hastings Borough Council area with a figure of (51.7) per 100,000 (47.4).
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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 have symptoms but go untested.
The rate per 100,000 will inevitably increase and should not be a cause for alarm. The number of positive lab-confirmed tests is rising (small numbers) while the total population total is, of course, unchanged.
The lockdown in England was eased in the last week. However, it will be some time before we know whether easing the lockdown measures will lead to a rise in the number of cases.