Covid cases in the Winchester area have decreased by over 200 since Tuesday.

In the 14 areas around Winchester, just two have seen cases increase.

However one, Wickham, Knowle and Whiteley, has Covid cases increase by 23 per cent.

In the seven days up to January 13, there were 1,465 reported Covid cases at a rate of 1,163.4 per 100,000 people.

In comparison, in the seven days up to January 11, there were 1,603 reported cases at a rate of 1,273 per 100,000. This shows a decrease of 138.

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The number of Omicron cases, according to the latest government figures released on December 23, is 782 in Winchester. In the south-east region, the figures released on December 31 show there were 46,826 cases of the Omicron variant.

In the seven days to January 8, the area with the highest rate of Covid cases was Wickham, Knowle and Whiteley with 174 cases, up 33 (23 per cent) with 1,481 per 100,000 people.

Second is Denmead and Southwick with 153 cases, down 19 (11 per cent), 1,446.5.

Third is Winchester West with 129 cases, down 19 (13 per cent), 1,296.

Fourth is Colden Common and Twyford with 123 cases, down seven (five per cent), 1,283.

Fifth is Springvale and Itchen Abbas with 87 cases, down 31 (26 per cent), 1,267.5.

Sixth is Swanmore, West Meon and Hambledon with 109 cases, down nine (eight per cent), 1,238.

Seventh is Winchester North and Sparsholt with 118 cases, down nine (seven per cent), 1,207.

Eighth is Winchester East with 94 cases, down 16 (14.5 per cent), 1,159.

The others are Stanmore: 75 cases, down 10 (12 per cent), 1,084; Winchester Central and South: 120 cases, up two (two per cent), 1,072; Bishop’s Waltham and Waltham Chase: 104 cases. down 43 (29 per cent), 1,061; Oliver’s Battery and Hursley: 76 cases, down six (seven per cent), 929; Alresford: 62 cases, down 31 (33 per cent), 731 and South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever: 41 cases, down 34 (45 per cent), 693.

More than 10,000 people in Winchester have received a booster dose of the Covid vaccine in the last three weeks, new figures show.

Data from the UK Covid dashboard shows 13,697 people received a booster or a third vaccine dose between December 20 and January 9, bringing the total number of people in Winchester to get a third shot to 79,382.

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The dashboard shows 188 people had died in the area by January 13 which was unchanged from yesterday.

It means there have been two deaths in the past week, which is an increase on none the previous week.

They were among 19,415 deaths recorded across the south east.

The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid, and whose usual residence was in Winchester.

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