Covid-19 was a factor in nearly 40 per cent of all Wealden deaths in the latest seven-day figures issued yesterday (January 6).
There were 13 Covid deaths in the period – the third highest weekly total since the pandemic began.
It was only beaten by two successive weeks in mid April when there were 17 deaths followed by 21 at the height of the first wave of infections.
Nine of the latest deaths were in hospital, three in care homes and one in an hospice.
In 2020, up until Christmas Day, there have been 169 Covid deaths in Wealden, about nine per cent of the total deaths in the district.
This website has its own datasets which are populated by official information from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and other government sources.
These figures include deaths that occurred up to December 25 but were registered up to January 2 and show the number of deaths involving coronavirus (Covid-19), based on any mention of Covid-19 on the death certificate.
We normally update the number of Wealden deaths on a Wednesday (one day late this week because of the bank holidays) and infection numbers on a Monday. Here is the story we published earlier this week.
Since the above story, the case numbers have continued to increase.
These two graphics show how the situation has deteriorated across our area of the South East.The maps are from the gov.uk website whose copyright we acknowledge.
Basically, the lighter the colours, the fewer infections per 100,000 people – white means the figure is between 0 and 2.
The first graphic is from December 4
The second graphic is from January 1
Note the very dark brown colours in Heathfield where the current rolling seven-day rate per 100,000 people is 1,000.9.
In contrast Uckfield North is 370.3.
These maps are a stark illustration of how fast Covid-19 has spread and how it has become established throughout Wealden and surrounding areas.