Coronavirus infection rates are growing in every borough and district in Surrey, figures show.
The county, with the exception of Waverley, was placed into tougher Tier 3 restrictions from 12.01am on Saturday (December 19) following large rises in the number of confirmed cases.
The infection rate measures the number of new cases per 100,000 people in a specific area, painting a clear picture of how prevalent coronavirus is within a community.
The latest Public Health England figures cover the week up to Monday (December 14) and includes both pillar one and pillar two testing.
Woking continues to have the highest infection rate in the county, now at 324.4 cases per 100,000 people, after 327 new cases were reported in the seven days to Monday – a large rise from an infection rate of 246.0 for the previous week.
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Surrey Heath has become the second most infected area of the county with an infection rate of 322.5. That is more than double the figure, 148.9, that was measured in the seven days to December 7.
Waverley was the only area of Surrey not to be imposed with the Tier 3 restrictions. However, figures show its infection rate more than doubled over the seven-day period – rising from 83.9 to 171.8 following 217 new cases. It continues to have the lowest infection rate, though, despite the rise.
The Tier 3 rules mean all hospitality venues, including restaurants and pubs, have again closed. There are also tight restrictions in place around the mixing of households both indoors and outdoors.
Despite this, though, the Government has confirmed it is going ahead with plans to allow three households to meet indoors over the Christmas period between December 23 and 27, regardless of the tier you reside in.
Surrey County Council leader Tim Oliver said after the tier announcement: “The Government has taken the decision to put most of the county under further restrictions because of their much higher rates of infection.
“I know this will be very disappointing news for residents and businesses in our Tier 3 areas, after an exceptionally difficult year.
“But we need to take swift action to save lives and stop our crucial NHS services from being put under even more pressure. We all need to be extremely vigilant, including residents in Waverley, as the situation can change quickly and we want to prevent them going into Tier 3 in the new year.”
A full breakdown of the infection rate for every area of Surrey can be found below.
Woking – 324.4 (327), 246.0, (248)
Surrey Heath – 322.5, (288), 148.9, (133)
Spelthorne – 275.4, (275), 193.3, (193)
Epsom and Ewell – 286.5, (231), 145.1, (117)
Tandridge – 315.4, (278), 181.6, (160)
Runnymede – 253.8, (227), 269.5, (241)
Elmbridge – 222.2, (304), 124.3, (170)
Guildford – 210.7, (314), 107.4, (160)
Reigate and Banstead – 242.0, (360), 104.2, (155)
Mole Valley – 202.9, (177), 80.2, (70)
Waverley – 171.8, (217), 83.9, (106)