THEY are not exactly hotspots but the number of new cases of Covid-19 has been rising in four areas of Winchester district.

The numbers are very low but cases have increased in the following four areas according the numbers released today:

Springvale and Itchen Abbas, seven cases, up two (40 per cent), for rolling average of 101.8 per 100,000, above the national average and now marked as blue on the Government map. The area stretches from Kings Worthy to Itchen Stoke and Chilcomb to Northington near Old Alresford;

Alresford, five cases, up three (150 per cent) for rolling average of 59.1;

Denmead and Southwick, eight cases, up two (33 per cent) 78.0, now also above the national average;

Winchester North and Sparsholt, five cases, up three (150 per cent), 51.5.

For the second day running, only two new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the Winchester district today, the lowest daily number since September 28, more than five months ago.

Ten areas of the Winchester district remain almost Covid-free, according to figures released today.

The ten areas, where there have been fewer than three cases in the last seven days to Wednesday March 3, are:

Winchester West (Weeke and Fulflood);

Winchester East (Winnall, Highcliffe and Bar End);

Winchester Central and South;


Oliver’s Battery and Hursley;

South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever;

Swanmore, Hambledon and West Meon;

Bishop's Waltham and Waltham Chase;

Whiteley, Knowle and Wickham;

Colden Common and Twyford.

These areas are now marked white on the Government Covid map with Springvale and Itchen Abbas in blue (see below). The depiction of the area as being below the national average is incorrect. - 101.8 is well above the national average.

Springvale and Itchen Abbas: most recent numbers for Wednesday March 3

Springvale and Itchen Abbas: most recent numbers for Wednesday March 3

In the Winchester district as a whole official figures in the week to Wednesday March 3 there were 34 cases, down four, or 10 per cent, for a rolling rate per 100,000 people of just 27.2. The Press Association national news agency reported that the figures to Thursday March 4 show only 22 places out of 315 in the UK with a better record than Winchester, mostly in the West Country.

The district covers more than just the city but includes countryside from Micheldever to Denmead.

The latest Winchester numbers

The latest Winchester numbers

In the last seven days to today (Sunday) there have only been 25 new cases in the Winchester district, down from the previous week’s 41. The 25 figure is the lowest since Thursday October 1.

The number of Winchester district cases since the start of the pandemic is now 4,758 for a rate per 100,000 people of 3,810. No new deaths have been reported keeping the number at 183, a rate of 146.6 per 100,000 people. In the last seven days there have been four deaths.

The Covid burden at the Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has continued to ease. Last Monday there were 52 patients – 33 at Basingstoke, 19 at RHCH and none at Andover. The previous Monday there had been 85 patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 – 51 at Basingstoke, 34 at RHCH and none at Andover.

Across the NHS trusts in Hampshire (Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth, Southern and Solent) two Covid patients have died, both in Portsmouth, taking the overall figure to 1,846. The numbers of Covid patients who have died in the HHFT hospitals is 434. There is no breakdown on where the deaths occurred.

Meanwhile, there are only 11 schools in Hampshire affected by Covid, up one, with none in the Winchester district.

There are no new cases at Winchester University and 198 since last September,according to its website.

The latest Hampshire numbers from Wednesday March 3

The latest Hampshire numbers from Wednesday March 3