New cases of the Coronavirus in Uckfield, surrounding villages and across the whole of Wealden continue at low levels.
This has been the trend for the last six weeks when weekly totals to a Sunday have been below 50.
At the height of the second wave, there were 1,235 new infections within Wealden in the seven days to January 10 and 934 the following week.
As a result of this step decline in new infections, this website will cease its weekly update on a Monday of new infections. We will report in future on a monthly basis.
We will report Wealden deaths this coming Wednesday and from then on those figures will become part of our monthly Covid-19 update.
However, we will maintain our own datasets and will report more frequently if an upward trend in infections is noted.
Latest Wealden infections
Seven-day figures to yesterday (April 25) show a total of 24 infections in Wealden – 18 in the previous seven-day period.
The rate per 100,000 population is 11.8.
The total number of recorded infections since the pandemic began in Wealden is now 7,908, although in the early weeks of the outbreak many cases were unreported because of the lack of testing.
For comparison purposes, seven-day rates per 100,000 people in neighbouring districts to the same date:
- Brighton: 15.5
- Eastbourne: 12.5
- Hastings: 6.5
- Lewes: 12.6
- Mid Sussex: 15.9
- Rother: 7.3
- Tunbridge Wells: 19.4
The England figure per 100,000 population is 24.4.
Uckfield area infections
The seven-day rolling rate of new cases at April 20 is at between 0 and two in the following areas:
- Uckfield Town and North
- Uckfield South (New Town and Ridgewood)
- Buxted, Framfield and Rotherfield (includes High Hurstwood, Blackboys, Hadlow Down and Waldron)
- Five Ash Down, Horsted and Chiddingly (includes Maresfield, Piltdown, Isfield, Halland, East Hoathly and Laughton)
- Chelwood and Nutley (includes Fletching)
When numbers are this level, exact figures are not given by the authorities to protect people’s identities.
The boundary between the two Uckfield areas is roughly the River Uck.
East Sussex Public Health commentary
East Sussex Public Health Director, Darrell Gale, noted case numbers were so few in the county that it was not possible to reach any meaningful conclusion about trends in either age or sex.
Mr Gale said: “The minor fluctuations that we see at the moment give no real indication other than Covid may not be overwhelming us, but it is still with us.
“My key message this week is very simple.
“One in three people with Covid-19 don’t have symptoms
“Make a habit of testing yourself twice a week, especially if you leave home to work, have children attending school, or are socialising with others outdoors.
“If you take a regular test you’ll know if you have contracted Covid, even where you have no symptoms.”
There has been no hospital data update since March 30.