The total of lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in Wealden continues to rise.
The figure now stands at 219 – an increase of six since our report a week ago.
This total gives a rate of 136.7 per 100,000 population in the district which puts Wealden 32nd on a list of lower-tier local authorities (33rd last week).
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.
Neighbouring areas (with last time’s figure in brackets):
- Brighton and Hove 464 – rate per 100,000 population 159.8 (new to our list)
- Rother 99 (95) – rate per 100,000 population 103.5
- Eastbourne 152 (150) – rate per 100,000 population 147.3
- Tunbridge Wells 238 (206) – rate per 100,000 population 201.6
- Lewes 207 (201) – rate per 100,000 population 201.5
- Mid Sussex 289 (286) – rate per 100,000 population 193.0
- East Sussex – 732 (714) lab-confirmed cases with a rate of 132.0 per 100,000 population
- West Sussex – 1,335 (1,320) lab-confirmed cases with a rate of 155.4 per 100,000 population
- South East region – 21,951 (21,545) lab-confirmed cases with a rate of 240.3 per 100,000 population
- England – 154,680 (151,856) lab-confirmed cases with a rate per 100,000 population of 271.3
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 go 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.