Thursday Update: Local Covid-19 Cases Edge Higher

Tunbridge Wells Borough has recorded another record rate of new Covid-19 cases, although the latest rise was less than previous days suggesting cases may be nearing a peak as tougher restrictions and school holidays have an effect in reducing transmission.

It is not clear whether full testing and reporting will be in place over Christmas, so this blog will cease tracking the figures for the next week until reporting gets back to normal.

In some more apparently good news, the figures for the three of the worst hit Kent Boroughs (Swale, Medway and Maidstone) fell in the latest weekly reporting period from the day before.

The weekly Tunbridge Wells Borough case rate fell back to just 78 per 100,000 of population on 24th November, but in the month since then has sadly climbed back up – to a new record rate of 454 cases per 100,000 people over the week to December 19th, which is the latest data available. 

The rate in Tunbridge Wells Borough is 35% above the England average. The Tonbridge and Malling Borough case rate is more than twice the England average.

Meanwhile, the latest concern is a new Covid-19 variant discovered in South Africa that appears to be making younger people sicker compared with the original virus.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the areas of Sussex that border Tunbridge Wells would move up from Tier 2 to join the Tier 4 restrictions on Boxing Day.

Here are the latest numbers: (NB slide the display to see all 7 columns of numbers or view in landscape).

Aug 1Oct 1Nov 1Nov 14Dec 17Dec 18Dec 19
Tun Wells62153119407436454Tun Wells
Tonbridge31791202654679683Tonbridge
Sevenoaks32399197475496528Sevenoaks
Wealden*51348125327357367Wealden*
Swale1122203619952921884Swale
Maidstone611123236759768752Maidstone
Medwayn/a211443181,0451,0771,064Medway
Bromley33498160596666699Bromley
Rother^04344132603634656Rother^
Hastings2344194897962977Hastings
Aug 1Oct 1Nov 1Nov 14Dec 17Dec 18Dec 19
Oxford14133139249274295310Oxford
Southmptn235170228177195216Southmptn
Bristol443407488157165164Bristol
Nottinghm8412377263214228229Nottinghm
Cardiff2120306160697697702Cardiff
Cambridge420147274197200200Cambridge
ENGLANDn/a101232275306326336ENGLAND
WALESn/a102287184649639635WALES
Updated 20:00 GMT Thu 24 Dec

The figures above are confirmed cases per 100,000 of population in the previous 7 days, dated to when the test was taken. 
*Wealden District includes Crowborough & Frant  plus the Sussex bit of Groombridge– still in Tier 2 until Boxing Day when moves to Tier 4
^ Rother District Council includes Ticehurst & Hurst Green – also now in Tier 4

All statistics are sourced directly from:
https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

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