COVID is again starting to rise across the Winchester area.

Only three places are still seeing falls in the number of cases but rises in the other 11 parts of the district. The turnaround in the number of ups and downs has taken place in the last few days.

The figure of 11 is the highest number since the July 21 numbers that were reported on July 26.

Oliver's Battery and Hursley has seen a doubling of cases in a week, and numbers are up 85 per cent in Denmead and Southwick. The latter area is now marked maroon on the Government map as it has reported more than 400 cases per 100,000 people.

Denmead and Southwick now marked maroon on Government map

Denmead and Southwick now marked maroon on Government map

The three areas where numbers are falling are Winchester North and Sparsholt, Stanmore and South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever.

Covid numbers are rising in: Winchester East (Winnall and Highcliffe) 22, up nine (69 per cent) 270.1 per 100,000 people; Winchester Central and South (including St Cross), 26, up two (8 per cent), 236.4; Winchester West (Weeke and Fulflood), 25 cases, up seven (39 per cent) 250.8; Oliver’s Battery and Hursley, 22 cases, up 11 (100 per cent), 269.1; Springvale and Itchen Abbas, 13 cases, up five (62 per cent) 189.1; Swanmore, West Meon and Hambledon, 18, up two (12 per cent) 206.7; Whiteley, Knowle and Wickham, 38, up 10 (36 per cent), 324.6; Bishop’s Waltham and Waltham Chase, 25, up one (4 per cent), 258.6; Denmead and Southwick, 48, up 22 (85 per cent), 468.0; Colden Common and Twyford, 22, up 10 (83 per cent) 230.9; Alresford, 14 cases, up one (8 per cent), 165.5.

The falls are in: Winchester Stanmore, 17, down one, (6 per cent), 250.7; South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever, 12, down six, (33 per cent), 204.2; Winchester North and Sparsholt, 15, down 10, (40 per cent) 154.6.

In the Winchester district as a whole, the city council area, in the week to August 10, the most recent day for which localised numbers are available, there were 317 cases, up 63 (21 per cent) 251.7 per 100,000 people.

Ten days previously the numbers were 288 cases, down 64 (18 per cent), 228.7 per 100,000 people.

Across Hampshire to August 10 the numbers are again rising; there were 3,712 cases, a rise of 421 (13 per cent) for a rolling 267.2.

With the numbers being unpredictable in recent weeks, at one stage last month Winchester had fallen to be around 150th out of the 315 local authority areas across the UK. It has been gradually improving and now only 74 areas have better figures.

The last death in the district was on March 3, 166 days ago. In the area covered by the Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust there have been 446 deaths since the start of the pandemic, with none for five days.

The local vaccination rate for first dose was today 87.1 per cent, compared to 89.4 per cent nationally; for both doses, Winchester is doing better, 76.9 per cent against 76.7 per cent across the UK.

The the number of people ill enough to be in hospital is again falling. The most recent figures show 26 Covid patients under the care of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT), with 18 in Basingstoke (up one) and seven at the RHCH in Winchester (down seven) and one in Andover. Four weeks ago there 10. The age of patients is falling so whilst unwell they are less likely to succumb to Covid.