COVID cases edging up across the Winchester district after a long spell of falling numbers.

After weeks of decline the the figures are rising in half the district and overall across the 14 parts for the first time since October 29, according to the latest figures.

Latest figures show that 499 people tested positive for Covid in the seven days to November 17, which is up 23 or five per cent from the previous week, the fourth consecutive day the week on week numbers have risen.

The average case rate per 100,000 people in the district is currently 396, the lowest in Hampshire.

Across Hampshire the numbers are rising more sharply with 7,071 cases in the seven days to November 17, up 1,340 or 23 per cent, for an average per 100,000 of 509.

East Hampshire has reported the fifth highest increase nationally with cases per 100,000 rising from 363 to 614. Eastleigh is also now in the worst-perofming 20 out of 377 local authorities in the UK.

The number of people who have died within 28 days of having a positive Covid test since the start of the pandemic is now 183, with a death reported at the weekend. There have only been three Covid deaths in the district since March. Across the area covered by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, that includes Andover and Basingstoke, the death toll is 472, up from 438 in March. That shows how the NHS has improved its care of Covid patients.


The most recent Covid map showing the sharpest increase in the Winchester district, in Winchester Central and South

The most recent Covid map showing the sharpest increase in the Winchester district, in Winchester Central and South


In the recorded areas around Winchester, five of the 14 saw a decrease in Covid cases, seven saw an increase and two had no change. Covid is still falling steeply in some places with Swanmore, Hambledon and West Meon seeing a fall of more than 41per cent, and Oliver's Battery and Hursley 37 per cent.

The seven areas which reported rising cases are:

Winchester West (Fulflood and Weeke) 40 cases, up three (8 per cent) for 401 per 100,000;

Winchester East (Winnall, St Giles Hill, Highcliffe and Bar End) 55 cases, up 20 (57 per cent) 678;

Winchester Central/South 40 cases, up 17 (74 per cent), 357;

Colden Common and Twyford 37, up one (4 per cent), 281;

Springvale and Itchen Abbas 37, up 14 (61 per cent), 539;

Bishop's Waltham and Waltham Chase 43, up 12 (39 per cent), 438;

Denmead and Southwick 40, up three (8 per cent), 378.

The five areas which continue to see falls are:

Stanmore 16, down four (20 per cent), 231 per 100,000;

Swanmore, Hambledon and West Meon 20, down 14 (41 per cent), 227;

Whiteley Knowle and Wickham 66, down 11 (10 per cent), 561;

Oliver's Battery and Hursley 22 cases, down 13 (37 per cent), 268;

Alresford 19, down eight (30 per cent), 224.

The two areas with no change are:

Winchester North and Sparsholt 44 cases, 450 per 100,000;

South Wonston Sutton Scotney and Micheldever 30, 506.

A total of 15,182 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid in Winchester when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated yesterday, up 95.

The latest figures show in Winchester district 79.3 per cent of those aged 12 and over have had both jabs, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database. Nationally 80.3 per cent have had both. Nationally 88.3 per cent have had one dose, compared to 87.0 per cent locally. It was unclear why Winchester lags behind. The rate is now creeping up very slowly showing the reluctance of around a fifth of the population to be vaccinated.

On Monday there were 49 Covid positive patients at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - 37 in Basingstoke, 10 in Winchester and two in Andover. That compares with the previous Monday: 48 patients: 37 in Basingstoke, 10 at the RHCH in Winchester and one in Andover.

Linked to Winchester University there are 11 current cases of Covid-19 and four of them had been on campus before testing positive. Since September, 110 cases have completed their self-isolation and recovered. Between September 2020 and last August, 243 cases recovered.