FIVE Covid hotspots are emerging this week in the Winchester district.

Two of them, Colden Common and Twyford and South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever, have been simmering for more than a week, and have now been joined by Oliver's Battery and Hursley, Swanmore Hambledon and West Meon and Winchester West, which covers Weeke and Fulflood.

These areas are reporting Covid numbers of more than 400 per 100,000 people and are marked maroon on the Government map, the second worst designation after black.

This week Covid has been on the rise in 11 of the 14 parts of Winchester district which covers the area of Winchester City Council.

The latest Covid map

The latest Covid map

The numbers, reported for the seven days to September 30, the most recent day for which localised figures available, are Colden Common and Twyford: 57 cases, up 15 (36 per cent) 594.4 per 100,000; South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever: 28, up three (12 per cent) 473.0; Oliver's Battery and Hursley: 53 cases, up 21 (66 per cent) 647.6, up from 635.4; and Swanmore Hambledon and West Meon: 38, up 18 (90 per cent) 431.7; Winchester West: 40, up four, (11 per cent) 401.8.

There were also sharp increases in recent days in parts of Winchester city.

The places in the city are: Winchester North and Sparsholt (including Harestock), 34, up four (13 per cent) 347.9; Winchester Central and South, (including St Cross), 19 cases, up four (27 per cent), 169.7; Winchester East (Winnall, St Giles Hill and Highcliffe) 14, up three (27 per cent) 172.6; Stanmore, 15, up two (15 per cent), 216.8.

The two other places seeing increases are Bishop's Waltham and Waltham Chase: 37, up ten (37 per cent) 377.6; and Alresford: 18, up five (38 per cent) 212.2.

There have been declines in three areas: Springvale and Itchen Abbas: 14, down three (18 per cent) 204.0; and steep drops in former hotspots Whiteley, Knowle and Wickham: 29, down 24 (45 per cent) 246.8 and Denmead and Southwick: 38, down nine (19 per cent) 359.3.

Across the district in the seven days to September 24 there have been 434 cases, up 53 on the previous week (14 per cent) for a rolling number per 100,000 people of 344.6, the highest figure since July 27. The Winchester number is below the Hampshire average of 368.5, which is also rising.

The number of deaths in the Winchester district since the start of the pandemic is still at 180, the 25th day with no change. It had been on 179 since March.

The number of Winchester University students with Covid is down to five, a drop from the highest recent figure of 20, which was the highest number in months.

Since the start of this term schools no longer have to report cases to Hampshire County Council so those figures are no longer available publicly.