Guildford has recorded more coronavirus cases than Elmbridge in the latest seven-day data, even though the latter is in Tier 2 and the former is in Tier 1.
Waverley is not far behind, with an average of 23 and a total of 152 new infections over the seven days.
Elmbridge remains the only area in Surrey under the tighter Tier 2 lockdown restrictions.
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These are the latest seven-day rolling case averages for all areas of Surrey, with the total number of new infections in brackets.
- Elmbridge: 24.9 (181)
- Epsom and Ewell: 15.6 (104)
Guildford : 28.1 (203)
- Mole Valley: 16.1 (103)
- Reigate and Banstead: 17.4 (123)
- Runnymede: 17 (119)
- Spelthorne: 15.4 (103)
- Surrey Heath: 12.9 (86)
- Tandridge: 11.6 (77)
- Waverley: 23 (152)
- Woking: 16.1 (110)
In addition, this is the latest 24-hour data on coronavirus cases in the county, as released on Thursday (October 29):
- Elmbridge: 1,361 (increase of 17)
- Epsom and Ewell: 742 (increase of 12)
- Guildford: 1,288 (increase of 21)
- Mole Valley: 742 (increase of 14)
- Reigate and Banstead: 1,347 (increase of 15)
- Runnymede: 826 (increase of 22)
- Spelthorne: 861 (increase of 18)
- Surrey Heath: 845 (increase of 8)
- Tandridge: 673 (increase of 9)
- Waverley: 1,153 (increase of 25)
- Woking: 893 (increase of 15)
What the statistics show is that while Elmbridge is the worst-affected area, Guildford is very close – and with a higher rate, could soon overtake it. Waverley is not that far behind either.
They are the only areas of Surrey so far to have recorded 1,000 cases or above.
Elmbridge shares a long boundary with London which is also in the Tier 2 category; the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames to the north and, to the east, the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames.
Several Surrey towns only just fall outside the Tier 2 rules, with some properties in the same street split between the two lockdown levels.
A fifth of England set for Tier 3
The news comes as it emerged nearly a fifth of England will soon be under the toughest Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions after West Yorkshire became the latest area to announce it would enter them.
The Press Association calculates it will take the total number of people in the highest level of restrictions to just over 11 million – 19.6 per cent of the population.
It adds to the mounting pressure to impose a national lockdown as the number of coronavirus cases and patients in hospital continues to climb.
The NHS Test and Trace system recorded its highest-ever weekly number of positive cases while a study by Imperial College London found almost 100,000 people are catching Covid-19 every day.
As France enters a second lockdown from Friday and Germany imposes a four-week partial lockdown, there is pressure on the UK Government to be “tougher and quicker” in its response.
The latest data from the test and trace system shows that a total of 126,065 people tested positive for Covid-19 at least once in the week to October 21 – a 23 per cent increase on the previous week and the highest weekly number since the programme began at the end of May.