Weekly rate


New local restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus will come into effect from next Wednesday (December 2).

The government has announced that East Sussex will be in Tier 2. This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, and some additional restrictions will need to be in place. For a full breakdown, see: GOV.UK – Local restriction tiers.

The weekly rate calculates the number of confirmed cases over a 7-day period and expresses it as a rate per 100,000 population. It uses the most recent and reliable 7-day period at the time this report is produced.

Table 1: Confirmed cases between 7 and 13 November, as at 18 November

  Cases Rate per 100,000

LA rank *

Upper Tier

LA rank *

Lower Tier

England 154,368 274    
South East 17,198 187    
East Sussex 611 110 145/149  
Eastbourne 115 111   288/315
Hastings 80 86   304/315
Lewes 95 92   301/315
Rother 125 130   269/315
Wealden 196 121   282/315

*where 1 = highest rate


The 7-day rolling average smooths out the daily fluctuations to help identify overall trends. There is a lag in reporting of confirmed cases, and so data in the most recent periods is likely to change.

Since mid-July, East Sussex has had a weekly rate much lower than the national average. Cases have increased throughout October and after a short decrease at the beginning of November, cases have increased at a sharper rate. Rother is now the area in the county with the highest weekly rate, the first time Rother has been in the highest in the county, and this now marks the point where all parts of East Sussex have at one point in time had the highest rate in East Sussex.

Fig 2 (3)
Figure 2: All confirmed cases up to 17 November 2020 (as at 18 November). This graph shows the 7-day rolling average cases per 100,000 population in East Sussex by lower tier local authority. The figures in the legend are for the 7-days to 13 November