How East Sussex compares

Updated 6th May 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. Small changes in the weekly rate appear more significant when looking at the percentage change and the ranking against other Authorities. In the last week Hastings has moved from position 310 to 153 of 315 and shown a 220% increase. Actual case numbers have increased from 6 to 16.

All Upper Tier and Lower Tier Authorities are ranked with 1 being the Authority with the highest weekly rate of confirmed cases. East Sussex has moved slightly back down the rankings from the 145 to 147 of 149 upper tier authorities – still one of the areas with the lowest rates of infection.

Always put data into context.

  • what may appear to be a significant change in the rankings with other Authorities may be the result of only a slight increase or decrease in the weekly rate as the gap in weekly rates of infection between authorities is quite close; and
  • what may appear to be a significant weekly percentage increase or decrease may be due to changes in very small numbers.

Table 1 - Confirmed cases between 24 April and 30th April 2021, as at 5th May 2021

Region Cases Rate per 100,000

LA rank*

% change from previous week

England 12,413 22   -11%
South East 1,495 16   -15%
East Sussex 54 10 145 -16%
Eastbourne 9 9 293 29%
Hastings 16 17 153 220%
Lewes 7 7 304 -59%
Rother 6 6 307 -40%
Wealden 16 10 281 -36%

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

Figure 3a zooms in to focus on the period from the peak experienced over the winter months up to the latest data and figure 3b shows the longer period starting from springtime and the first lockdown in April 2020 to the current date.

Eastbourne (in red) had the highest weekly rate during April 2020. During the summer period, when rates were lower, Eastbourne visibly had higher rates that other District and Borough areas. Hastings (in Green) had very low rates for most of 2020 but experienced a very rapid peak during December. Eastbourne followed with a subsequent peak in early January and suffered a slower decline.

Figure 3a – The 7-day rolling average cases per 100,000 of all confirmed cases up to 4th May 2021 (as at 5th May 2021) in East Sussex by lower tier local authority. The grey section shows incomplete data which is liable to change.

Figure 4 sets out the wider picture across England and Wales that we have reported over the last three weeks. The maps show that we continue to hover around the lower levels. There has not yet been any sustained or significant increase or reduction.

Figure 3A The7 Day Rolling Average Cases Per 100,000 Of All Confirmed Cases
Figure 3A The7 Day Rolling Average Cases Per 100,000 Of All Confirmed Cases
Figure 3B The 7 Day Rolling Average Cases Per 100,000 Of All Confirmed Cases Up To 4Th May 2021
Figure 3B The 7 Day Rolling Average Cases Per 100,000 Of All Confirmed Cases Up To 4Th May 2021
Figure 4 The 7 Day Rate Of New Confirmed Cases Per 100,000 Between 24Th April And 30Th April 2021, As At 5Th May
Figure 4 - The 7-day rate of new confirmed cases per 100,000 between 24th April and 30th April 2021, as at 5th May 2021