Figures reveal scale of dramatic rise in coronavirus cases in Hampshire between December and January

Figures released by the government reveal the dramatic scale in the rise of coronavirus cases across the county over the last month.

Saturday, 9th January 2021, 3:05 pm

The stark numbers include one area where the infection rate is 69.8 times higher in January than it was in December.

The rise in cases comes following the discovery of a new variant of coronavirus in the south east, which resulted in Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant being plunged into tier four restrictions over Christmas.

In Portsmouth, the infection rate was 141.5 per 100,000 in the seven days to December 4 with – only two days after the end of the second lockdown.

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However in the week to January 4 the rate had climbed to 611 cases per 100,000, four times higher than it had been exactly a month previous.

The number of cases had also massively increased from 304 recorded in the seven days to December 4 to 1,313 confirmed in the week to January 4 – a rise of over 1,000.

The most dramatic increase came on the Isle of Wight, which was one of the few places in the country in tier one at the start of last month.

In the seven days to December 4, it recorded the lowest infection rate in the country with 16.2 cases per 100,000 and only 23 cases confirmed during the week.

But this has now increased by a dramatic 69.8 times, rising to a rate of 1,132.1 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to January 4. A total of 1,605 cases were recorded during the time frame.

To put the stark numbers in context, Vietnam which shares a boarder with China, the country where the outbreak of Covid-19 began, has recorded a total of 1,513 cases throughout the pandemic, less than the number on the Isle of Wight in the last week.

Here is how the infection rates in all areas of Hampshire have increased over the last month:

Portsmouth

Rate in the seven days to December 4: 141.5 (304 cases)

Rate in the seven days to January 4: 611 (1,313 cases)

Gosport

Rate in the seven days to December 4: 114.3 (97 cases)

Rate in the seven days to January 4: 478.6 (406 cases)

Havant

Rate in the seven days to December 4: 126 (159 cases)

Rate in the seven days to January 4: 728.9 (920 cases)

Fareham

Rate in the seven days to December 4: 80 (93 cases)

Rate in the seven days to January 4: 568.7 (661 cases)

East Hampshire

Rate in the seven days to December 4: 61.3 (75 cases)

Rate in the seven days to January 4: 475 (581 cases)

Winchester

Rate in the seven days to December 4: 55.3 (69 cases)

Rate in the seven days to January 4: 474.1 (592 cases)

Basingstoke and Deane

Rate in the seven days to December 4: 94 (166 cases)

Rate in the seven days to January 4: 455.9 (805 cases)

Eastleigh

Rate in the seven days to December 4: 52.4 (70 cases)

Rate in the seven days to January 4: 548 (732 cases)

Hart

Rate in the seven days to December 4: 69 (67 cases)

Rate in the seven days to January 4: 740.7 (719 cases)

New Forest

Rate in the seven days to December 4: 47.2 (85 cases)

Rate in the seven days to January 4: 412.6 (743 cases)

Rushmoor

Rate in the seven days to December 4: 79.3 (75 cases)

Rate in the seven days to January 4: 1,419.7 (1,343 cases)

Southampton

Rate in the seven days to December 4: 66.5 (168 cases)

Rate in the seven days to January 4: 708.9 (1,790 cases)

Isle of Wight

Rate in the seven days to December 4: 16.2 (23 cases)

Rate in the seven days to January 4: 1,132.1 (1,605 cases)

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