How East Sussex compares

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Updated 18 February 2021

Table 1 provides an overview of latest data that shows how East Sussex as a whole and individual District and Borough areas compare with each other and against the South East and England. The 7-day rate per 100,000 for East Sussex (82) is now firmly below the rate for England (143) and the South East (102). This total figure masks the discrepancy between the Districts and Borough areas with Rother (44) at the lowest and Hastings (120) the highest.

East Sussex has again seen a bigger weekly reduction compared with the South East and England although the gap has narrowed. Hastings has taken over from Eastbourne as the area with the highest rate of cases per 100,000 people as there has been a smaller reduction (27%) in Hastings compared to elsewhere.

All Upper Tier and Lower Tier Authorities are ranked with 1 being the Authority with the highest rate of confirmed cases. East Sussex and all District and Borough areas aside from Hastings continue to move steadily down the rankings. Hastings has moved up from position 200 to 169.

Table 1: Confirmed cases between 6/2/2021 and 12/2/2021, as at 17/2/2021

Region Cases Rate per 100,000

LA rank*

% change from previous week

England 80,364 143   -30%
South East 9,390 102   -39%
East Sussex 457 82 134/149 -42%
Eastbourne 107 103 210/315 -40%
Hastings 111 120 169/315 -27%
Lewes 88 85 252/315 -44%
Rother 42 44 308/315 -58%
Wealden 109 68 291/315 -45%

*There are 149 Upper Tier and 315 Lower Tier Authorities. 1 denotes the highest rate.

Figure 3 provides a comparison over time. Hastings (in Green) experienced a first peak during December and a subsequent peak in early January. Since then the rate has declined in line with most other areas. Eastbourne (in red) experienced a later peak and a slower decline. All areas are now below the England rate.

Figure 4 sets out the wider picture. The dark purple (higher rates) has been replaced by blues and greens (lower rates) showing a decline in rates across England and Wales.

Fig 3
Figure 3: The 7-day rolling average cases per 100,000 population of all confirmed cases up to 16/2/2021 (as at 17/2/2021) in East Sussex by lower tier local authority. The grey section shows incomplete data which is liable to change.
Fig 4
Figure 4: The 7-day rate of new confirmed cases per 100,000 population for the period 6 February 2021 to 12 February 2021