NO Covid-19 deaths have been reported in the Winchester district today for the first time in five days.

The virus is retreating in the Winchester district but there a lag with a steady number of people dying.

The number of deaths from the pandemic has risen to 127, or 101.7 per 100,000 people.

Across the Hampshire County Council area 25 deaths have been reported today, says the Office for National Statistics. These are when deaths are reported not when they happened. It brings to 1,469 the death toll since last March, a rate of 106.3 per 100,000 people.

These fatalities would have been people contracting the virus several weeks ago when the number of cases was rising fast. Even as the number of new cases declines it will be some time before deaths and hospital admissions falls.

Across the county council area today 722 cases were reported bringing the total to 47,363 for a rate of 3,425 per 100,000.

Numbers across the HCC area are falling too. Some 6,388 have been reported in the seven days to January 11, down 1,592 or 19.9 per cent, for a rolling number of 462, which is above the UK average, but falling.

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Winchester and East Hampshire have been joined by New Forest and Test Valley as the districts in Hampshire not coloured either purple or black on the official Government Covid map. It means its infection rate is now below 400 per 100,000.

The number of cases reported in the last seven days to today Sunday is again lower than in the previous week. Today there were 52 cases, taking to 427 the number for the last seven days. The previous week had 517 cases. Today's number of 52 is the fourth lowest this year. The map below shows the Government figures for the seven days to last Tuesday January 12.

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The number of cases in the Winchester district since the start of the pandemic is now 3,864, an infection rate of 3,094 per 100,000, well below the UK average of 5,225. The number of deaths remains at 127 a rate of 101.7 per 100,000.

Across the Winchester district only one place has an infection rate higher than the UK average and that is Denmead and Southwick where there has been 70 new cases in the seven days to January 12, down 12 week on week, a drop of 14.6 per cent, with a rolling number of 682.5, down more than 100 on two days previously.

Things continue to cool slowly in Oliver’s Battery and Hursley. In the seven days to January 12, 19 cases were reported, down 15 on the previous seven days, a decrease of 44 per cent. The rolling number per 100,000 people has fallen sharply to 232.4.

Another area that had seen sharp rises was South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever. But in the seven days to January 11, there have been 16 cases, down 16, down 50 per cent, for a rolling rate of 272.2, down sharply.

One of the area with the lowest rates in the county is Chilbolton, Clatford and Barton Stacey. There were only three cases, down 18, or 85.7 per cent for a rolling number of just 57.

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The Winchester ‘district’ covers more than just the ‘city’ and covers a chunk of Hampshire from Micheldever to Denmead, and Crawley to Ropley.

Deaths reported in Southampton are now 191, up two, or 75.6 per 100,000. In Portsmouth the figure is 207, up nine, for 96.3 per 100,000.

A further 29 Covid-19 deaths have been reported by NHS England in Hampshire today. The Hampshire Hospitals Trust death toll is now 302, up three. At Southampton Hospital the figure is 304, up two. Portsmouth Hospitals Trust recorded a further 19 to take its total to 587. Southern Health Trust is now 32 deaths, up two, with the figure for the Solent NHS Trust staying at four.

Across the county’s NHS, the five trusts mentioned above, some 1,229 people have died since March, within 28 days of a positive test.

The most recent figures from the NHS, released last Monday, show there are currently 84 Covid patients at the RHCH compared to 57 last week and 126 at Basingstoke hospital compared to 105 previously. There are five patients at Andover War Memorial Hospital.

The R number, the reproduction rate has again dropped. For the south-east it is now 1.0 to 1.2, meaning ten people with Covid will infect between 9 and 13 people.

Three local schools have reported Covid cases in the last 10 days. They are St Bede primary, Kings' secondary and Bishop's Waltham junior.