How Covid-19 case numbers have fallen or risen in each Surrey area since lockdown started

The number of coronavirus cases in every Surrey district and borough is, unsurprisingly, greater than when the first lockdown was implemented in March.

However, the trend over the past eight months has not been one of gradual increase for all areas, as many have shown fluctuations and decreases in cases.

According to the latest data released on Monday (November 30), there have been a total of 1,429 deaths related to coronavirus at hospital trusts operating in Surrey.

The total number of cases now stands at 17,747, with Guildford recording the highest overall figure of 2,110.

Now that the second lockdown is over, SurreyLive has looked at how coronavirus case numbers have risen or fallen in each Surrey area since March.

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Every day, the government’s daily coronavirus dashboard is updated, showing the number of people with at least one positive Covid-19 test result. The data goes up to November 23.

These figures are subject to change, but all data is correct as of Monday (November 30). Government figures from November 24 onwards have been obtained separately.

Guildford

A lady walking past a ‘stay safe’ sign in Guildford
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Overall number of cases: 2,110

The first coronavirus case in Guildford was recorded on March 8, followed by another singular case on March 11 – before the first lockdown.

The borough’s daily number of cases remained between zero and five until March 30, when it recorded its highest figure that month (14).

After April, cases decreased and stayed between zero and 10 until the end of September, with the exception of a spike on May 7 (15) and another on May 14 (13).

In October, cases increased exponentially. The highest number of cases overall was recorded on November 3 (46). After this, cases decreased.

Elmbridge

Overall number of cases: 1,935

Surrey, along with the rest of England, entered its second lockdown on Thursday, November 5, with new, but less restrictive measures in place until December 2.

Prior to this, Elmbridge was the first and only area in the county to enter Tier 2, which saw places, such as Cobham, Walton, Esher, and Weybridge, facing tighter restrictions.

The borough recorded its first coronavirus case on March 11. Figures remained between zero and 14, with minor fluctuations, until October.

A social distancing warning in Walton
(Image: Surrey Live – Grahame Larter)

A significant spike was seen on October 7, with 40 new cases recorded. The lowest number of cases in the same month was recorded on October 9 (11).

Cases increased again and the highest overall number was recorded on November 13 (42). Figures then fluctuated in a downward trajectory.

Surrey Heath

Overall number of cases: 1,328

Surrey Heath’s first case was recorded on March 16. After this, the number of cases fluctuated, with figures ranging from zero to 18 throughout April and May.

The fewest number of cases was seen between June 1 and August 31, with a total of 67 recorded during this period. In comparison, April recorded 238 cases.

From October, cases began to rise again. The highest overall number was recorded on November 9 (42) – an increase of 29 cases from the day before.

Cases then decreased. See below for a graph showing the number of cases between October 1 and November 23, using data from the coronavirus dashboard.

Woking

Overall number of cases: 1,578

The borough of Woking recorded its first three cases on March 12. Daily figures remained relatively low, between zero and 14, until mid-October.

Figures then began to rise in a relatively smooth upward trajectory, with the largest number of cases recorded on November 23 (44). Cases then decreased.

Reigate and Banstead

Overall number of cases: 2,088

Reigate and Banstead’s first-ever case was recorded on March 10. Figures continued to increase and a spike was recorded on April 15 (27).

Between June 1 and October 1, the borough saw the fewest number of cases, with figures fluctuating between zero and eight throughout.

The highest number of cases overall was recorded on November 9 (56). After this, cases gradually decreased, ranging between eight and 49.

Waverley

Haslemere Health Centre underwent a deep clean in February
(Image: Eleanor Fleming)

Overall number of cases: 1,640

A town in Waverley was the first place in Surrey to record a coronavirus case. The patient, believed to be a man from Haslemere, was confirmed on February 28.

Cases increased and a spike was recorded on April 21 (20). Figures then gradually decreased and remained between zero and two from June until mid-August.

From October, figures increased exponentially. The highest number of cases was recorded on November 10 (32). After this, cases dropped.

Epsom and Ewell

Overall number of cases: 1,275

Epsom and Ewell’s first case was recorded on March 15. Figures remained between zero and 16 until mid-October when cases began to rise significantly.

The highest number was recorded on November 11, with 53 cases. The lowest number that month was recorded four days later, on November 15 (seven).

There was another spike on November 16, with 37 cases, but after this, figures decreased.

Runnymede

Overall number of cases: 1,644

The first two cases in Runnymede were recorded on March 12. Figures remained relatively steady, fluctuating between zero and 14, up until early October.

Similar to other areas, the borough then saw a significant increase, with the highest number of cases overall recorded on November 17 (48). Cases dropped after this.

Tandridge

Overall number of cases: 1,133

Tandridge saw its first case on March 14. Figures gradually increased, reaching a peak on April 18 (13), and then slowly decreased in May.

The fewest cases were seen between June and August, where daily figures did not rise above four.

The data shows a steady incline in cases from September, with the highest number recorded on November 9 (31). Cases then gradually declined, remaining between three and 28.

Spelthorne

Staines Park, one of the many green spaces across the borough of Spelthorne
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Overall number of cases: 1,735

Spelthorne’s figures remained relatively low from March onwards. Its first two cases were recorded on March 18 and figures did not go above 13 until October.

A significant incline was seen in November, with most days recording figures above 20. The highest number of cases was recorded on November 9 (63).

On November 6, SurreyLive reported that Spelthorne became one of the first areas in the county to have a weekly infection rate of more than 200.

An infection rate represents the number of Covid-19 infections per 100,000 people. See the full story here.

Mole Valley

Overall number of cases: 1,281

The data for Mole Valley shows a similar trend to the other areas in Surrey, with its first four cases recorded on March 14 and a gradual increase in April.

Figures remained low between June and September and did not go above eight. However, there was a random spike on May 13 (19).

From October, cases increased; the highest number was recorded on October 29 (43). The number of cases fluctuated significantly after this, ranging between five and 36.

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