Coronavirus infection rates fall slightly in parts of Surrey but figures remain high

Infection rates have fallen in some parts of Surrey but figures for the county still remain very high.

In five of the county’s 11 boroughs and districts, the infection rate was lower in the week ending January 7 compared to the week ending December 31.

In Epsom and Ewell, in the seven days leading to January 7, the infection rate (expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people) was 731.8. In the previous week, the figure was 819.8.

Over the same period, in Reigate and Banstead, it fell slightly from 782.5 to 739.5, and in Elmbridge it decreased from 726.6 to 630.1. Waverley and Guildford also experienced a small fall in infection rates.

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Nevertheless, the figures across the county remain high and Spelthorne and Tandridge, at the top of the ranking, recorded rates of 923.4 and 822.7 respectively in the week ending on January 7.

As the decreases in rates have only just started to appear after a sustained period of increasing, it is too early to determine whether a downwards trend is taking place in Surrey.

According to the figures compiled by PA news agency, of the 315 local areas in England, 222 (70 per cent) have seen a rise in case rates, 91 (29 per cent) have seen a fall and two are unchanged in the same two weeks.

For context, the highest infection rate in England is in Barking and Dagenham (1527.0) and the lowest in North Devon (115.3).

On Sunday (January 10) Surrey County Council leader Tim Oliver spoke to Sky News about the opening of Surrey’s mass vaccination centre at Epsom Downs Racecourse. He also pleaded with residents to follow the stay at home rules.

He said: “We are in the last stretch, I believe, of this dreadful pandemic and if people can just comply with the rules we can then keep the NHS safe and make sure we save lives.”

Full breakdown of figures in Surrey

See below for a breakdown of the infection rates in every Surrey area, according to Public Health England data.

From left to right, the figures show the infection rate for the seven days leading to January 7, followed by the number of new cases in brackets for that same period.

Afterwards is the infection rate of new cases in the seven days leading to December 31, followed by the number of new cases recorded in that same period, to provide a week-on-week comparison.

Figures for the most recent four days (January 8 to 11) have been excluded because the data is incomplete.

Spelthorne – 923.4, (922), 842.3, (841)

Tandridge – 822.7, (725), 809.0, (713)

Surrey Heath – 796.1, (711), 762.6, (681)

Reigate and Banstead – 739.5, (1100), 782.5, (1164)

Woking – 734.2, (740), 691.5, (697)

Epsom and Ewell – 731.8, (590), 819.8, (661)

Runnymede – 663.1, (593), 625.1, (559)

Mole Valley – 659.1, (575), 519.2, (453)

Elmbridge – 630.1, (862), 726.6, (994)

Waverley – 606.4, (766), 617.4, (780)

Guildford – 515.4, (768), 557.7, (831)

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