THE picture across the Winchester district has changed dramatically in the past eight weeks as new measures continue to try and bring the spread of coronavirus down.

A map on the Government's coronavirus dashboard illustrates how coronavirus cases have been rising, and falling, week by week.

Based on Public Health England data, the interactive tool breaks down infections by small areas with an average population of 7,200, which are referred to as Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs).

For each MSOA, the map shows the number of cases recorded in the latest weekly period, the case rate per 100,000 and whether cases have gone up or down compared to the previous week.

Areas shown in light green have the lowest rates (between 11 and 50), green is used for areas with rates between 51 and 100 while blue areas have rates above 101 but below 200.

Dark blue and purple are the colours used to represent MSOAs with the highest rates of new cases (above 200 and above 400).

Any area which appears purple is considered a 'hotspot'. 

Here we look back at what's happened in the Winchester district over the past four weeks. 

The week ending November 14

Hampshire Chronicle:

As lockdown was over a week in, having been imposed on November 6, huge swathes of the district were recording infection rates of over 200 per 100,000 people.

These included Winchester North and Sparsholt; South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever; Alresford; Denmead and Southwick; Oliver’s Battery and Hursley; Winchester West; Winchester Stanmore and Winchester Central and South.

The week ending November 21

Hampshire Chronicle:

Seven days later and one location in the Winchester district was considered a ‘hotspot’, according to Government data.

Alresford’s cases rose rapidly from a rolling rate of 307.3 in the week ending November 14, to 413.7 in this week, with 26 and 35 cases recorded respectively.

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In the majority of other areas case numbers fell dramatically, with the likes of Winchester Central and South, and Oliver’s Battery and Hursley seeing rates of under 100, 63.7 and 85.6 respectively, compared to 281.9 and 256.8 just the week before.

The same picture was seen in Denmead and Southwick – going from 214.5 to 97.5.

The week ending November 28

Hampshire Chronicle:

The lockdown appeared to show a slowing in the number of cases across the district, but no areas were yet showing as "suppressed".

The measure had a massive impact on Covid cases in Alresford. In the previous week it was classed as a ‘hotspot’, but during this week its rate dropped to 47.3 and only 4 cases were recorded.

Having seen its cases numbers and rate drop in the previous weeks Colden Common and Twyford, which also includes Owslebury, saw a rise, with 11 cases registered and a rolling rate of 115.5 – compared to 4 and 42 in the previous week.

The area was behind South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever, and Winchester East with the highest rates at 153.1 and 135 respectively.

The week ending December 5

Hampshire Chronicle:

Huge swathes of the district showed as "suppressed" in a positive sign that the lockdown worked, and things have turned a corner. 

Having been classed as a ‘hotspot’ just two weeks before Alresford recorded less than three cases, along with South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever, Oliver’s Battery and Hursley, and Winchester Central and South.