There was respite for Wealden when figures for Covid-19 deaths in the district were revealed yesterday (September 22).
The weekly total for the seven days to September 11 registered zero.
It was the first time in 24 weeks that no-one in the district has died from Covid.
However, it comes at a time when cases of the Coronavirus are rising.
Weekly increases in lab-confirmed cases in Wealden ran at a level of fewer than ten for much of the summer but increased through September with a rise of 22 in the week to September 14, although the number fell back to 11 for the following seven days.
However, concerns have led to East Sussex County Council lifting the state of preparedness to “Yellow” – raised local alertness. Read the full details here
Within three hours of the Wealden deaths data coming out, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a tightening of rules which could last for six months because of the rise in cases. BBC report here [external website]
This website has its own datasets tracking Covid-19 in Uckfield, surrounding villages and Wealden.
First death in spring
The first death occurred in the seven days to March 20.
In the following week, there were no deaths.
Since then, not one seven-day period has passed without there being at least one death – until week-ending September 11.
Covid-19 deaths in Wealden have been running at a low level since week-ending June 12, when six people died.
In contrast, deaths from all causes in the seven days to September 11 increased markedly on the week before and in comparison with the year as a whole. The overall total was 50 – it was 20 in the previous seven days.
It is only the fifth week this year that deaths from all causes in Wealden have been 50 or above.
Week-ending April 24 shows the highest total when 57 people died, with 21 attributed to Covid-19.
Wealden MP’s concern
The Wealden MP, Nus Ghani, has said she is pressing the Government to provide sufficient testing facilities in the constituency.
There have been reports of people being unable to obtain a Covid-19 test or being directed to centres miles away.
Ms Ghani told constituents: “We have a difficult winter ahead of us and I am aware that you are concerned about the spread of the virus, as well as the impact of further lockdowns on people’s wellbeing and our local economy.
“I continue to press the Government to ensure that any decision they make in the months ahead puts our care homes, schools and testing capacity as top priorities.
“From your correspondence, I also know how difficult it has been to access a test in Wealden. I have been urging the Government to ensure sufficient resources for Wealden since July and I pressed the Health Secretary on testing capacity again this month.
“It is my priority to ensure that residents across Wealden have access to Covid-19 testing and that our services are fully prepared for the winter ahead.”
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.
The number of deaths in Wealden is generally updated on a Wednesday and for Uckfield and surrounding villages on a monthly basis.