The New Year has begun with a tragic death toll in Wealden involving Covid-19.
Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the latest seven-day period shows 29 Wealden people died in this period.
Twenty-two of the deaths were in hospital and seven in care homes.
This is the highest weekly total since the pandemic began (21 was the previous highest) but the latest figure may include deaths which occurred in December with registration delayed by the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
However, the total of 29 deaths is significantly higher than the previous week (11) and the rise cannot all be attributed to the holidays.
This website keeps its own dataset relating to Covid-19 and our figures show that there were 180 Covid related deaths in the district during 2020, of which 38 were in the last four weeks of the year.
The total of 180 represents about 9.5 per cent of all deaths in Wealden during 2020.
The latest figures include deaths that occurred between January 2 and January 8 but were registered up to January 16 and show the number of deaths involving coronavirus (Covid-19), based on any mention of Covid-19 on the death certificate.
Uckfield Covid-19 infections
At a meeting of Uckfield Town Council on Monday (January 18), East Sussex County Councillor, Claire Dowling (Uckfield North Division) updated members of the infections data for the town provided by the county council’s public health team.
She said in Uckfield North, the confirmed cases between December 1 and January 12 totalled 165.
In the same period, the total for Uckfield South was 138.
Both areas have similar sized populations.
In the seven days to January 12, there were 35 cases in Uckfield North and 30 in Uckfield South.
The dividing line between the two areas in roughly the River Uck.
Cllr Dowling commented that she was really pleased to say the numbers were down on previous weeks.
“Fingers crossed, it looks like it is not just going down around Wealden but very much going down within Uckfield,” she said.