New data sees coro­n­avirus case to­tal rise

West Sussex County Times - - Jpi Media Campaign -

The to­tal num­ber of coro­n­avirus cases recorded in West Sus­sex has shot up af­ter new data was added to the tally.

The daily to­tal in­creased by 1,299 be­tween Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day last week, due to a change in the re­port­ing of fig­ures.

Pub­lic Health Eng­land pub­lishes the to­tal num­ber of coro­n­avirus cases in each area ev­ery­day on the Gov­ern­ment web­site, which can be viewed at coro­n­avirus.

How­ever un­til Thurs­day (July 2), this had only in­cluded the data from pos­i­tive tests car­ried out in NHS set­tings, such as labs and hos­pi­tals, known as pil­lar 1.

The re­sults of pos­i­tive tests car­ried out at home or at drive-through cen­tres, known as pil­lar 2, had not been in­cluded in the to­tal.

This changed on Thurs­day, giv­ing a more ac­cu­rate picture of the local sit­u­a­tion.

It means the to­tal num­ber of cases in some ar­eas of West Sus­sex is much higher than pre­vi­ously thought.

As of Mon­day (July 6), the lat­est fig­ures for coro­n­avirus cases in each area of West Sus­sex were as fol­low: – Adur, 184 – Arun, 319 – Chich­ester, 268 – Craw­ley, 425 – Hor­sham, 507 – Mid Sus­sex, 591 – Wor­thing, 395 Pub­lic Health Eng­land also cal­cu­lates the rate of in­fec­tion per 100,000 peo­ple.

When com­pared in this way, Mid Sus­sex has seen the over­all high­est rate of in­fec­tion at 395 (per 100,000), fol­lowed by Craw­ley at 378, Wor­thing at 359 and Hor­sham at 357.

The three ar­eas with the low­est rate of in­fec­tion were Arun with 200 (per 100,000), Chich­ester with 222 and Adur with 288.

Over­all in West Sus­sex, the new data shows that a to­tal of 2,689 peo­ple have tested pos­i­tive for the virus, with a rate of 313 – which is far lower than the Eng­land av­er­age of 439.

To com­pare with neigh­bour­ing coun­ties, in East Sus­sex the to­tal stands at 1,491 with a rate of 269, while Brighton and Hove has seen 768 cases, putting the rate at 265.

Mon­i­tor­ing the num­ber of cases at a local level will be in­creas­ingly im­por­tant as lock­down fur­ther eases.

Any ar­eas where in­creases in the num­ber of cases are de­tected could face local lock­downs. Le­ices­ter be­came sub­ject to the UK’s first local lock­down last week fol­low­ing a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Since the new way of pub­lish­ing the fig­ures came into play on Thurs­day, Craw­ley has seen the big­gest in­crease in cases – with the to­tal ris­ing by seven, from 418 on Thurs­day to 425 on Mon­day. Hor­sham, Mid Sus­sex and Wor­thing all saw one new case over the four day pe­riod – while the to­tal in Adur, Arun and Chich­ester re­mained the same. Mean­while, the lat­est fig­ures from NHS Eng­land shows that no one has died from the virus at hos­pi­tals run by Western Sus­sex Hos­pi­tals trust in re­cent weeks. The most re­cent death was recorded at the trust on June 7, ac­cord­ing to the fig­ures.

Over­all, the trust has seen a to­tal of 113 coro­n­avirus deaths.

Else­where in the county, the East Sus­sex Health­care Trust has seen 90 deaths, while Brighton and Sus­sex Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals Trust has seen 146 deaths.

The Sur­rey and Sus­sex Health­care have recorded 257 deaths, while the Sus­sex Com­mu­nity NHS trust has recorded 18.

Over­all in the UK, 285,768 peo­ple have tested pos­i­tive for the virus, while 44,236 peo­ple have died.

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