Wealden Covid-19 numbers spike

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wealden have shown a sharp increase in the last seven days.

The figure now stands at 531 – a rise of 22 since we last reported a week ago.

In other developments:

Confirmed cases of the Coronavirus have risen sharply in some villages around Uckfield.

Uckfield area people are reporting problems in getting Covid tests within reasonable travelling distance (see separate story here).

Five new cases in one area

In the Uckfield district, the largest rise in cases in the period September 3 to September 9 came in an area labelled in official statistics as Chelwood and Nutley (includes Fletching) where five new confirmed cases were recorded.

In the area defined as Five Ash Down, Horsted and Chiddingly (includes Maresfield, Piltdown, Isfield, Halland, East Hoathly and Laughton) there were four cases – three in the previous seven-day period.

There were between 0 and 2 cases in the following:

  • Uckfield Town and North
  • Uckfield South (New Town and Ridgewood)
  • Buxted, Framfield and Rotherfield (includes High Hurstwood, Blackboys and Waldron)

Lewes cases

Only the exact number of cases is given when the number of cases is three or more.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) groups areas into populations of around 7,200 for statistical comparison purposes.

In the town of Lewes (two reporting areas) there were nine cases in the seven days to September 9.

Our datasets

A dataset kept by this website is used to track Covid-19 cases in Wealden.

We take the figures released on Sunday afternoons for comparison purposes.

The rise of 22 cases in a week is the highest weekly rise since the way lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported changed at the beginning of July.

Here’s how the numbers have risen

A table of confirmed cases, as reported by UckfieldNews.com:

  • Monday, September 14: 531 + 22 on the previous week
  • Monday, September 7: 509 + 13
  • Monday, August 31: 496 + 9
  • Monday, August 24: 487 +  6
  • Monday, August 17: 481 + 5
  • Monday, August 10: 476 + 5
  • Monday, August 3: 471 + 7
  • Monday, July: 27: 464 + 7
  • Monday, July 20: 457 + 9
  • Monday, July 13: 446 + 7 
  • Monday, July 6, 439

The latest figures show that new cases per day per 100,000 population is just under two.

On a list of 380 local councils, Wealden is 74th (75th last week) when it comes to the rate per 100,000 of population since the pandemic began.

Compare and contrast Wealden Coronavirus cases with other areas

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

  • Brighton and Hove 962 (900) – 330.7 per hundred thousand of population.
  • Eastbourne 501 (474) – 482.9 per hundred thousand of population
  • Hastings borough 183 (167) – 197.5 per hundred thousand of population.  
  • Lewes district 413 (401) –  399.9 per hundred thousand of population.
  • Mid Sussex 685 (662) – 453.6 per hundred thousand of population.
  • Rother 218 (204) – 226.4 per hundred thousand of population.
  • Tunbridge Wells district 547 (529) – 460.7 per hundred thousand of population.

More comparisons

  • East Sussex –  1,846 (1,755) – 331.3 per hundred thousand of population.
  • West Sussex –   3,177 (3,035) – 367.7 per hundred thousand of population.
  • South East region – 39,935 (38,537) – 435.0 per hundred thousand of population.
  • England –  318,121 – 565.2 per hundred thousand of population.


The number of cases in Uckfield area communities is reported over a different period to the Wealden figures.

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.

See also:

Petition to stop Downlands Farm development

Uckfield College job vacancies

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