THIRTEEN deaths from Covid-19 were reported today in the health trust area that includes Winchester.

The figure is the highest since the start of the pandemic last March.

Some 28 Covid-19 deaths in Hampshire have today been reported by NHS England.

The Hampshire Hospitals Trust death toll is now 332, up 13. The trust runs the RHCH in Winchester. The numbers are not broken down for the trust's three hospitals, Winchester, Basingstoke and Andover.

At Southampton Hospital the figure is 325, no change. Portsmouth Hospitals Trust recorded a further 12 to take its total to 630. Southern Health Trust is 37 deaths, no change, with Solent NHS Trust, up one at six.

Across the county’s NHS, the five trusts mentioned above, some 1,345 people have died since March, within 28 days of a positive test.

The most recent figures from the NHS, released on Monday, show there are currently 82 Covid patients at the RHCH compared to 84 last week and 152 at Basingstoke hospital compared to 126 previously. There are three patients at Andover War Memorial Hospital, down two.

The HHFT says the figures only include those who have a positive test for Covid-19 and not other viruses. Patients with a positive test may also being treated for other ailments.

Covid-19 is falling across most of the Winchester district but is going up again in one part of the city.

In Winchester East, which covers part of the city centre, Winnall, Highcliffe and Bar End, the rolling seven-day total has risen from 282 on Sunday to 405 today. In Winchester East in the seven days to Sunday January 17 there were 33 new cases, up 16, an increase of 94 per cent.

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Numbers are rising in a few other areas, closest to the Portsmouth hotspot. In Whiteley Knowle and Wickham the rolling rate to January 17 is 486, now above the England average. In the seven days to January 17 there were 57 new cases, up eight, or 16 per cent.

In Denmead and Southwick the rolling is still above the national average at 604. There were 62 new cases, down 20, or 24 per cent.

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Overall, the rates in the Winchester district are dropping so sharply that there are only 53 areas with a better record out of 315 areas.

Across the whole district in the seven days to Friday January 17 there were 364 cases, down 94, or 20 per cent for a rolling rate of 291.5 per 100,000 people.

In Chilbolton, Clatford and Barton Stacey, in the Test Valley area, the numbers are now so low that no information is provided. It appears white on the Government maps.

Three Covid deaths were reported in Winchester district today. The number of deaths from the pandemic in the district remains at 136, or 108.9 per 100,000.

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

Across the Hampshire County Council area 30 deaths were reported today, according to the Office for National Statistics. These are when deaths are reported not when they happened. It brings to 1,630 the death toll in the HCC area since last March, a rate of 117.9 per 100,000 people.

These fatalities would have been people contracting the virus several weeks ago when the number of cases was soaring. Even as new cases decline it will be some time before hospital admissions and deaths match the fall-off.

Across the county council area today 842 cases were reported bringing the total to 50,979, for a rate of 3,687 per 100,000. Some 5,673 have been reported in the seven days to January 17, down 1,582 or 22 per cent, for a rolling number of 406.7, which is still above the England average, but falling slowly.

The number of cases reported in Winchester district in the last seven days to today, Friday January 22, remains lower than in the previous week. Today there were only 44 new cases, taking to 325 the number for the last seven days. The previous week had 442 cases.

The number of cases in the Winchester district since the start of the pandemic is now 4,098, an infection rate of 3,282 per 100,000, well below the England average of 5,559.

Deaths reported in Southampton are now 224, up six, or 88.7 per 100,000. In Portsmouth the figure is 235, up four, for 109.4 per 100,000, now above the Winchester figure of 108.9.

Meanwhile, three local schools have reported Covid cases in the last 10 days. They are Kings' secondary and Bishop's Waltham junior and Shepherds Down special.

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