COVID is rising sharply in more places across the Winchester district.

The figures are now the highest since last January with increases in most parts and a doubling in two places in the last seven days.

In the seven days to October 7 there were 609 cases, up 175 on the previous seven days, or 40 per cent, for a rolling figure per 100,000 of 483.6, now far above the Hampshire average of 412.2.

Winchester has seen the third-highest week-on-week rise in the UK, the Press Association national news agency reports this evening:

Trafford (up from 568.2 to 844.4)

Ipswich (479.5 to 736.9)

Winchester (340.7 to 576.5)

Wellingborough (573.2 to 797.9)

Darlington (313.8 to 519.5).

There are hotspots now in 11 of the 14 areas across the district. Oliver’s Battery and Hursley has seen the sharpest increase and its number per 100,000 people is 904, the highest number since at least January.

Oliver's Battery and Hursley and Colden Common and Twyford, with 813.3 per 100,000 people, are now marked black on the Government map, the highest, or worst, designation.


Marked in black: Colden Common and Twyford and Olivers Battery and Hursley

Marked in black: Colden Common and Twyford and Oliver's Battery and Hursley


The Covid numbers are increasing in 11 parts, no change in two and dropping in only one, South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever.

In eight areas the latest figures are for more than 400 cases per 100,000 people making them maroon on the Government map. The eight +400 hotspots are: Winchester West; Winchester North and Sparsholt; Stanmore; Alresford; South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever; Swanmore, Hambledon and West Meon; Bishop’s Waltham and Waltham Chase; and Denmead and Southwick.

The latest figures are from the seven days to Thursday October 7, the most recent day for which localised figures are available.

The worst affected areas, now coloured black on the Government map, are: Oliver’s Battery and Hursley: 74 cases, up 21 (40 per cent) 904.2 per 100,000; Colden Common and Twyford: 78 cases, up 21 (37 per cent) 813.3.

Now maroon are: Bishop’s Waltham and Waltham Chase: 69 cases, up 32 (86 per cent) 704.1; Winchester West: (Weeke and Fulflood) 52, up 12 (30 per cent) 522.4; Denmead and Southwick: 46, up eight (21 per cent) 434.9; Alresford: 44, up 26 (144 per cent) 518.7; Winchester East (Winnall, St Giles Hill and Highcliffe): 20, up six (43 per cent) 246.6; Winchester North and Sparsholt: 49, up 15 (44 per cent) 501.4; Winchester Central and South: 27, up eight (42 per cent), 241.1; Stanmore: 32, up 17 (113 per cent) 462.4; Springvale and Itchen Abbas, 26, up 12 (86 per cent) 378.8.

There has been no change in the last seven days in Swanmore Hambledon and West Meon, 38 cases, 431.7 and Whiteley Knowle and Wickham 29 cases, 246.8.

The only place to see a fall was South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever: 25, down one (11 per cent) 422.3.

There have been a doubling of cases in seven days in Stanmore and Alresford.

The hottest hotspot in central Hampshire is in Hiltingbury in Chandler’s Ford which the Government map says has seen 89 cases, up 32 (56 per cent) for a rolling number per 100,000 of 993.9.

There are now only around 70 local authority areas out of 377 in the UK with worst figures than Winchester.

But the number of deaths in the Winchester district since the start of the pandemic is still at 180, the 32nd day with no change. It had been on 179 since March, meaning there has only been one death in seven months.

Nationally today 181 deaths have been reported nationally.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has reported 31 patients on Monday with Covid: 19 in Basingstoke, 10 at the RHCH and two in Andover War Memorial Hospital.

The number of Winchester University students with Covid is back up to 17 from a recent low of six, and close to the highest recent figure of 20, which was the highest number in months. Six of the 17 cases have been on campus which is seeing an influx of freshers this week. There have been 40 people who have recovered since September. Since September 2020 there have been 243 cases at the uni

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.