FIVE people are reported to have died of Covid so far this year in Winchester district, a sharp rise in the number of fatalities.

The latest reported figure is 191 since the start of the pandemic in early 2020. On January 1 the figure had been 186 and it had taken two months from November 1 for the figure to rise by five.

The number in the Winchester district had been stable at around 180 for much of 2021. It was unclear if the recent deaths are of people who have not been vaccinated.

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The sharp rise comes as the recent decline in Omicron cases has started to reverse. The Press Association national news agency reported last week that Winchester was one of only two places in the UK where the numbers are rising, and the only one in Hampshire. It is the first increase across the district since December 30.

In the latest localised figures in the week to January 17, Covid is rising in seven of the 14 parts of the district, with Springvale and Itchen Abbas having the steepest increase: 134 cases, up 56 (72 per cent, for a figure of 1,952 per 100,000.

The other rises are:

Bishop's Waltham and Waltham Chase, 118 cases, up 18 (18 per cent), 1,204 per 100,000;

Swanmore, Hambledon and West Meon, 103, up four (four per cent), 1,170;

Stanmore, 74, up seven (10 per cent), 1,069;

Oliver's Battery and Hursley, 86, up 22 (34 per cent), 1,050;

Sutton Scotney, South Wonston and Micheldever, 48, up five (12 per cent), 810;

Alresford, 63, up four (seven per cent), 742.


The latest Covid statistics for Winchester district

The latest Covid statistics for Winchester district


Cases continue to fall in the other seven areas:

Denmead and Southwick, 117, down 11 (nine per cent), 1,106 per 100,000;

Winchester North and Sparsholt, 101, down one (one per cent), 1,033;

Winchester West (Weeke and Fulflood), 99, down 18 (15 per cent), 994 per 100,000;

Colden Common and Twyford, 95, down nine (nine per cent), 990;

Winchester Central and South, 99, down two (two per cent), 884;

Whiteley, Knowle and Wickham, 100, down 40 (29 per cent), 851;

Winchester East (Winnall, St Gies Hill and Highcliffe), 62, down 19 (23 per cent), 764.

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The latest available figures for patients at the three hospitals of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are: RHCH 33, Basingstoke 34 and Andover, none, total 67. That compares to the figures on January 5: RHCH 32, Basingstoke 25 and Andover, none, total 57.

Winchester district is above the national average for booster jabs with 69.5 per cent of the over-12s now having both, compared to 64 per cent across the UK.

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