FOR the first time in more than two weeks the week-on-week Covid numbers in a Winchester mini-hotspot have fallen. They have declined district-wide too.

The mini-hotspot of South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever has persisted for more than two weeks but figures released this afternoon show there have been 10 new cases in the last seven days to Friday March 26, a fall of two, for a rolling average per 100,000 people of 170.1, down from 221. But it is still above the national average as shown by the red and blue horizontal bar below. March 26 is the most recent day for which localised figures are available.

This is the five time since March 15 that the numbers have dropped.

Todays numbers for South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Wonston

Today's numbers for South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Wonston

Five areas of the Winchester district are still seeing rises in the number of new cases of Covid. But it has currently almost gone in eight other areas.

Only one new case was reported today, and none yesterday, and no deaths have been reported in the Winchester district for 29 days.

Six schools are currently affected by Covid: Henry Beaufort secondary in Harestock, Shepherds Down special school in Compton, Sun Hill infant in Alresford, Kings' secondary in Winchester, Micheldever primary and St John the Baptist primary in Waltham Chase.

Across the Winchester district as a whole, which covers the city council area and stretches from Micheldever to Denmead, the numbers of new Covid cases week-on-week has dropped after rising for 15 days. To March 26 some 39 cases were reported, down six, or 13 per cent, for a rolling number per 100,000 of 31.2. See map below.

Todays Winchester district numbers

Today's Winchester district numbers

The recent increase across Hampshire, the first since January 14, has continued with 429 cases, up 23, 6 per cent, for a rolling 31.0.

The other areas seeing a rise in numbers are: Whiteley, Knowle and Wickham which has seen a 100 per cent increase, week on week, in new cases. The number has risen from three to six, for the week ending Friday March 26. The rolling number per 100,000 people is 51.2, up from 42.7, the second highest in the Winchester district but now below the national average.

There have been small increases in three other areas: Bishop's Waltham and Waltham Chase, three cases, up one (50 per cent), for a rolling 31.0 per 100,000; Winchester West (Fulflood and Weeke), five cases, up three (150 per cent), rolling 50.2; Oliver's Battery and Hursley, three cases, up one, 50 per cent) rolling 36.7.

The one new case reported across the district today brings the number of people affected since the start of the pandemic in early 2020 to 4,890, a rate of 3,916 per 100,000.

The nine areas, where there have been fewer than three cases in the last seven days to March 26, are:

Winchester East;

Winchester Central and South;

Winchester North and Sparsholt;

Winchester Stanmore;

Springvale and Itchen Abbas;

Colden Common and Twyford;

Alresford;

Swanmore, Hambledon and West Meon;

and today Denmead and Southwick.

These areas are now marked white on the Government's Covid interactive online map, below:

The nine white areas where Covid has disappeared

The nine 'white' areas where Covid has disappeared

In the seven days to today (Wednesday) there have been 19 new cases, down from previous week’s 44.

The Press Association national news agency reported that the figures to March 27 show 101 places out of 315 in the UK with a better record than Winchester. A month ago Winchester was 22nd best but last week it dropped to 134th.

Across the NHS trusts in Hampshire (Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth, Southern and Solent) no Covid patients are today reported to have died, keeping the overall figure to 1,890.

The numbers of Covid patients who have died in the HHFT hospitals remains at 438 with only 11 deaths this month. There is no breakdown publicly available at which hospitals the deaths occurred.

There are very few Covid patients in local hospitals. On Monday there were just 12 in the three HHFT hospitals - 10 in Basingstoke, one at the RHCH and one in Andover. On Monday March 22 there had been 16 (14, one and one), a decline this week of 25 per cent.

Todays Hampshire numbers, up to Friday March 26

Today's Hampshire numbers, up to Friday March 26