Latest figures on Covid-19 cases in Wealden district

New official data on the prevalence of Covid-19 cases within the Wealden District Council area has become available.

Seven more lab-confirmed cases have been reported since we last updated the figures on Monday, May 18.

The total for Wealden on Sunday, May 24, stood at 204 cases, which is a rate of 127.4 per 100,000 people.

In our report last Monday (May 18), the number of lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the district was 197, giving a rate per 100,000 of population of 123.0.


Our report of the previous Monday put the figure at 194, a rate of 121.1 per 100,000 of population.

As the number of cases rises, the rate per 100,000 will inevitably increase. The number of tests for Covid-19 has also increased. 

The rate of 127.4 per 100,000 people puts Wealden 30th in the list of 316 lower-tier local authorities,  a two place improvement on the previous ranking.

Neighbouring areas 

  • Mid Sussex: total number of cases – 282 
  • Rate per 100,000 –  188.4 
  • Lewes district: total number of cases – 188
  • Rate per 100,00 –  183.0
  • Tunbridge Wells district: total number of cases – 188
  • Rate per 100,000 –  159.2
  • Rother district: total number of cases – 94
  • Rate per 100,000 – 98.3
  • Eastbourne district: total number of cases – 148
  • Rate per 100,000 – 143.5

More comparisons

In England there have been 149,308 cases with a rate per 100,000 of  266.7

In the South East region there have been 21,092 cases with a rate of 230.9 per 100,000.

In East Sussex there have been 687 cases with a rate of 123.9 per 100,000.

In West Sussex there have been 1,309 cases with a rate of 152.4 per 100,000.

The lower tier local authority area with the highest rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 remains Barrow-in-Furness at 831.1. The lowest remains Torridge (Devon) with a rate of 52.8. 

The third lowest place (was second) is Hastings Borough Council area with a figure of 57.1 per 100,000.

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Background information

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 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.

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