Testing difficulties likely to have skewed Covid-19 totals

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 are unlikely to represent the true picture in East Sussex.

The warning comes from the county council’s public health team.

Across the whole of East Sussex the rate of cases is tracking below the England weekly rate, in data to September 24.

Eastbourne is the only area to have similar rates to England during the week.

Cases in the last 14 days show a higher proportion amongst younger age groups than seen overall in the county since the pandemic started.

National cases rising

East Sussex public health said:

“The key message is that nationally cases of Covid-19 are increasing. 

“Although locally cases have declined in the last week, we know that nationally there have been challenges with testing and, therefore, this is likely to under-represent the true number of cases. 

“We are therefore maintaining our level of escalation [yellow], meaning raised local alertness for East Sussex. 

“This is aligned with our neighbouring authorities in Brighton and West Sussex.”

Wealden figures

In Wealden, in the seven days to teatime yesterday (September 27) there were nine more confirmed cases bringing the total to 551 since the pandemic began.

In the previous seven days there were 11 more cases and the week before that 22.

The rate per 100,000 of population is 341.2 since the pandemic began.

On a list of 380 local councils, Wealden is 60th (68th last week) when it comes to the rate per 100,000 of population since the pandemic began.

Uckfield area

Looking specifically at the Uckfield area, there were between 0 and 2 cases in the following areas in the period September 17 to 23.

  • Uckfield Town and North
  • Uckfield South (New Town and Ridgewood)
  • Buxted, Framfield and Rotherfield (includes High Hurstwood, Blackboys and Waldron)
  • Five Ash Down, Horsted and Chiddingly (includes Maresfield, Piltdown, Isfield, Halland, East Hoathly and Laughton)
  • Chelwood and Nutley (includes Fletching)

Only the exact number of cases is given in official releases when the number of cases is three or more in a particular area.

Compare and contrast Wealden Coronavirus cases with other areas

Here are the statistics for neighbouring areas (last week’s figure and the previous week’s in brackets) with the rate per 100,000 of population since the outbreak began.

  • Brighton and Hove 1,055 (1,017) – 362.7 per hundred thousand of population.
  • Eastbourne 528 (511) – 508.9 per hundred thousand of population
  • Hastings borough 201 (188) – 216.9 per hundred thousand of population.  
  • Lewes district 423 (418) –  409.6 per hundred thousand of population.
  • Mid Sussex 717 (699) – 474.8 per hundred thousand of population.
  • Rother 233 (225) – 242.5 per hundred thousand of population.
  • Tunbridge Wells district 587 (560) – 494.47 per hundred thousand of population.

More comparisons

  • East Sussex –  1,936 (1,884) – 347.4 per hundred thousand of population.
  • West Sussex –   3,431 (3,293) – 397.1 per hundred thousand of population.
  • South East region – 42,594 (40,908) – 464.0 per hundred thousand of population.
  • England –  373,719 (339,901) – 664.0 per hundred thousand of population.

Wealden Covid-19: A bittersweet day


The number of cases in Uckfield area communities is reported over a different period to the Wealden figures, as are some of the seven-day rolling averages. This is due to the timings of data releases.

This website maintains its own datasets to track Covid-19 in Uckfield, surrounding villages and Wealden more generally. Our statistics are generally taken from ONS data and other published Government sources..

We normally report cases each Monday, based on data up to 4pm the previous day, to allow seven-day comparisons to be made. 

We generally update the number of deaths in Wealden on a Wednesday and for Uckfield and surrounding villages on a monthly basis.

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