NUMBERS of new cases in the new hotspot in the Winchester district are still on the up.

With numbers of daily new cases across Winchester district hitting 120, cases of the virulent new strain are rising particularly fast in Oliver's Battery and Hursley, according to Government figures released this afternoon.

In the seven days to last Wednesday December 31, 51 cases were reported, up 33 on the previous seven days, an increase of 183 per cent. The rolling number per 100,000 people is 623, up from yesterday's 574, well above the national average (see map below).

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The latest figures from the NHS show there are currently 57 Covid patients at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester compared to 44 last week and 105 at Basingstoke hospital compared to 78 previously.

Five people have died in the area of the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which includes the RHCH in Winchester.

As reported last week the local healthcare trust has started postponing planned operations to free capacity for Covid patients.

The Office for National Statistics reports that 1,132 have died in the Hampshire County Council area, with an increase of 15 reported today.

The hottest hotspot in the district remains Denmead and Southwick where there have been 91 new cases, up nine, with a rolling number of 887, up from 877.5. The rolling number has been as high as 1,014, so things may have peaked. On the official map it is still marked black, the highest indicator for the worst affected areas. See map below.

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In the adjacent area of Swanmore, Hambledon and West Meon in the week to December 31 there have been 33 cases, up six, for a rolling number of 379 down from 413, and now below the national average.

Numbers are still rising in the Alresford area. Some 42 were reported in the seven days to December 31, a weekly increase of 30, or 90 per cent, for a rolling rate of 496.

Stanmore had been the only area in the district where the numbers had been dropping so fast that the area was marked green on the map. Now it reports 29 cases, up 25, or 625 per cent, for a rolling number of 427, the national average.

Across the Winchester district there were were 122 cases reported today bringing the number since the start of the pandemic to 3,110. The December 31 seven-day figure for Winchester district is 592, up 268 or 82 per cent, for as rolling number of 474.

The Winchester ‘district’ covers more than just the 'city' and covers a swathe of central Hampshire from Micheldever to Denmead, and Crawley to Ropley. See map below.

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Some 589 new cases have been reported in Winchester district in the last seven days to today, Tuesday January 5. That is 19 per cent, nearly a fifth of the 3,110 cases since the start of the pandemic. In the previous seven days the number was 388.

The rolling rate is above the national average explaining why the Winchester district is now purple on the map along with Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

Nationally, 50,000 new cases have been reported for each of the last eight days, with 60,916 reported today.

The Winchester district's infection rate is 2,490 per 100,000 people. The national infection rate is 4,254 per 100,000.

In the area covered by Hampshire County Council there were 1,434 new positive test results in the last 24 hours. The seven-day numbers to December 31 are 6,974, up 2,811 or 67.5 per cent, for a rolling 504.

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The hottest hotspot in Hampshire is Rushmoor in the north-east of the county which includes Aldershot.

A further 17 Covid-19 deaths have been reported by the NHS in Hampshire.

At Hampshire Hospitals Trust, which includes the RHCH, there have been five deaths, meaning a total of 252 since the start of the pandemic. At Southampton Hospital the figure is 256, up four, in the latest statistics released today at 2pm. Portsmouth Hospitals Trust recorded a further eight to take its total to 441. Southern Health Trust remains at 25 deaths, with the figure for the Solent NHS Trust stays at four.

Across the county’s NHS some 978 people have died since March.

In Winchester City Council area the figure for deaths is 106, no change. In Portsmouth it is 152, up three, and 157 in Southampton, up four.

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