Surrey coronavirus latest as only two areas record increase in infections

Only two areas in Surrey have recorded an increase in coronavirus infection rates, according to the latest weekly figures from Public Health England released on Saturday (April 3).

One was Epsom and Ewell, which remains the most infected area of the county and saw another big increase week-on-week.

Based on the seven days up to March 30 – the latest available statistics – the borough has an infection rate of 52.1 per 100,000 people – up 147%.

It is still the only area of Surrey with an infection rate higher than the England average, which is now 47.2.

Woking was the only other part of the county to see an increase in its rate in the same week, with a 2% rise to 43.7.

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The nine remaining areas saw their rates fall by up to 48%, with the biggest drop in Waverley.

Waverley’s infection rate is 10.3 cases per 100,000 population, down by 48 per cent compared to the previous week.

The infection rate for the whole of Surrey is now 25.1 cases per 100,000 people.

Surrey coronavirus infection rates, April 3
Surrey coronavirus infection rates, April 3

A total of 300 positive tests were recorded across the county in the week ending March 30, 48 down on the previous week.

The number of cases has fallen in the county by 14 per cent.

Meanwhile nationwide, coronavirus infection rates have gone up in a fifth of local authority areas.

In the week ending March 30 the infection rate went up in 66 (21%) of the council areas in England and stayed level in seven areas.

Corby is still the area with the highest coronavirus infection rate in the country, according to Public Health England.

Area-by-area breakdown of new cases and infection rates

Epsom and Ewell

There were 42 confirmed cases in Epsom and Ewell in the week ending March 30, which is equivalent to an infection rate of 52.1 cases per 100,000 people.

Spelthorne

The latest infection rate is 43.1 cases per 100,000 people and the number of cases has gone down by two per cent.

A total of 43 people tested positive for Covid in Spelthorne over the seven days ending on March 30, which is one fewer than the week before.

Runnymede

Runnymede recorded 30 coronavirus cases, which is 21 fewer than in the previous seven days.

The latest infection rate is 33.5 cases per 100,000 people and that is down by 41 per cent week-on-week.

Woking

There were 44 positive tests over the last week in Woking, which is one more than in the previous week.

The week-on-week trend is up by two per cent and the latest infection rate is 43.7 cases per 100,000 people.

Surrey Heath

There was a fall of 10 per cent in cases in Surrey Heath over the week ending March 30. The area recorded 18 positive Covid-19 tests, two fewer than the previous week.

Reigate and Banstead

Reigate and Banstead’s number of cases was down 41 per cent. There were 26 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending March 30, which is 18 fewer than the previous seven days.

Guildford

There were 23 cases recorded in Guildford, which is 13 fewer than the previous week – a fall of 36 per cent.

Elmbridge

Elmbridge saw a total of 29 cases in the week ending March 30, which is one fewer than the previous week, and a fall of three per cent.

Tandridge

The trend is down in Tandridge, where there were 19 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending March 30, down one on the previous seven days. This is down by 5 per cent compared to the previous week.

Mole Valley

Mole Valley recorded 13 cases in the week ending March 30, which is 5 fewer than the previous week, and equivalent to a fall of 28 per cent.

Waverley

Waverley, which has the lowest infection rate in Surrey, recorded 13 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending March 30, which is 12 fewer than the previous seven days. The rate is down by 48 per cent.

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