COVID-19 weekly monitoring report


Current COVID-19 Figures

East Sussex weekly COVID-19 update

Week up to  27 January 2022

The COVID-19 Weekly Update collates published national data to describe COVID-19 cases in East Sussex, how they change over time, and how this compares to other areas.

This report covers East Sussex and the District and Borough areas.


Confirmed cases

Weekly rates in East Sussex have increased from 797 to 929 cases per 100,000. Actual case numbers have also increased from 4,452 to 5,194.

Figure 1 shows cases since the start of the pandemic. The first wave during springtime 2020 when universal testing was not available appears dwarfed by the subsequent wave experienced over the winter months when everyone with symptoms was able to be tested. There are several points at which we could have assumed that rates were declining only to then suffer a sharp and unexpected increase. The steady decline of the winter wave (2020/21) occurred during a period of lockdown.

Rates remained low during Summer 2021 and then steadily rose as children and young adults resumed attendance at school and higher education. Rates increased through autumn and early winter to a peak much higher than experienced in the previous winter. Rates are now reducing across all District and Boroughs.

Figure 1 – Daily confirmed cases by the date the test was taken up to 25 January 2022 (figures in grey still subject to change). The line represents the 7-day rolling average.

East Sussex Daily Confirmed Cases By Date

Source: Cases in East Sussex | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk)



Cases by age and sex

Figure 2 shows a higher number of cases in females compared to males. Cases in 60s and over continue to decrease. The highest totals are the primary and secondary school age range 10 -19.  In this weeks’ recorded infection rates there are 1,106 females and 1,021 males.

Figure 2: The 7-day rolling average cases per 100,000 of all confirmed cases in the last 14 days. 

East Sussex Confirmed Cases By Age And Sex

Source: Cases in the UK | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk)


Vaccine uptake

Figure 3a sets out the latest results for uptake of the booster by age group.  Uptake of the booster dose in East Sussex (for all age groups combined) remains higher than the national rate in England and also the combined totals for the population in the South East.

Figure 3a – Booster dose uptake by age group

Booster Dose Uptake By Age

Figure 3b shows vaccine uptake by 1st, 2nd, and 3rd/booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.  East Sussex is maintaining a lower percentage of unvaccinated people and continues to have a higher uptake of the booster vaccine compared to percentages reported for England. Hastings is the lowest recorded third dose/booster vaccination area in East Sussex in this week reported data. However, numbers of people having 1st and 2nd dose vaccinations in Hastings remains the highest recorded levels this week.

Figure 3b – Percentage of people aged 12 and over who have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of 23 January 2022.

Percentage Of People Aged 12 And Over Who Have Received A Dose Of COVID 19 Vaccine

Figures 3c and 3d show the percentage uptake of the 1st and 2nd dose of the vaccine dose aged 12+. The numbers at the top of each chart represent the percentage change compared to the previous week.

Figure 3c – Percentage uptake of the 1st dose of the vaccine dose aged 12 and over

1 Dose Age 12+

Figure 3d – Percentage uptake of the 2nd dose of the vaccine aged 12 and over

2 Dose Age 12+

Source:  Vaccinations in the UK | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk)


How East Sussex compares

Table 1 shows the latest weekly data and how East Sussex, and the five District and Borough areas compare against each other and against the South East and England.

Weekly rates per 100,000 have decreased in England, from 1,031 to 989.  Infection rates for the South East have increased from 893 to 1,023 and also figures for East Sussex increased from 797 to 929.

All Upper Tier and Lower Tier Authorities are ranked with 1 being the Authority with the highest weekly rate of confirmed cases. East Sussex currently sits at position 89 out of 149 Upper Tier Authorities.

Table 1 - Confirmed cases between 13 January 2022 and 20 January 2022, as of 26 January 2022
Region Cases Rate per 100,000 LA rank * % change from previous week
England 559,207 989 NA -4%
South East 94,266 1023 NA 14%
East Sussex 5194 929 89 /149 17%
Eastbourne 1277 1236 31 /315 22%
Hastings 855 924 188 /315 4%
Lewes 942 910 198 /315 21%
Rother 838 866 223 /315 29%
Wealden 1282 788 266 /315 10%

*There are 149 Upper Tier and 315 Lower Tier Authorities. 1 denotes the highest rate.
Source: Daily summary | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk)

Figure 4 (from March 2020) shows the course of the pandemic. East Sussex and the District and Borough areas have broadly fallen into line with the pattern for England.

Nationally rates rose sharply during September 2020 and in contrast rates in East Sussex remained low until early December 2020. The December 2020 / January 2021 period was a peak point for East Sussex. Hastings was the first to suffer a sharp rise followed by a smaller but noticeable rise in Lewes and eventually a sharp rise in Eastbourne. It was a period of rapid escalation. Infection rates started to drop following government guidance for smaller gatherings at Christmas and a period of lockdown. The lockdown was gradually eased from 8 March 2021. The final stage of eased restrictions was put back from 21 June to 19 July 2021 because of the continued escalation of rates of infection.

Since July 2021 weekly rates in East Sussex have fluctuated and steadily increased throughout autumn and winter.  For about a month from mid-November East Sussex had a much higher rate than England, driven by the delta variant. This pattern then reversed as the new Omicron variant became dominant. Cases rose at an exponential rate both nationally and regionally and although experiencing the highest rates since the beginning of the pandemic, East Sussex retained a much lower rate than the national average. Rates had been reducing across all District and Boroughs. Across England the rates are continuing to decrease, however, this week all Districts and Boroughs in East Sussex have seen an increase in infection rates.  Rother has the biggest increase up by 29% on last week.  Hastings has the lowest recorded increase up by 4% in this weeks’ recorded rates.

Figure 4 – The 7-day rolling average cases per 100,000 of all confirmed cases up to 24 January 2022 in East Sussex by lower tier local authority. The grey section shows incomplete data which is liable to change.

7 Day Rolling Rates From March 2020 To Present Day

Figure 5 shows the national picture.

 Figure 5 – The 7-day rate of new confirmed cases per 100,000 people for 7–day period ending 20 January 2022.

England Map Showing Overall Case Rates

Source: Interactive map of cases | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk)


District and Borough confirmed cases

The scale for each chart is different, it is important to read the accompanying text for each District and Borough.

The charts contain published data (blue) and unpublished data (grey).  Unpublished data is incomplete, and more test results may be added, so this information should be viewed cautiously until it is complete.

Eastbourne Borough: Hastings Borough: Lewes District: Rother District: Wealden District


Eastbourne Borough

Cases in Eastbourne rose from 1,044 to 1,277 in the most recent week of data, an increase of 22%.

Figure 6 shows the longer-term look at cases since the start of the pandemic. Eastbourne had a higher number of cases during the first wave than other parts of the county. Early autumn saw a rise in cases and a fall at the end of November 2020. The second week of December 2020 saw the steepest increase in rates in cases during the pandemic at that time. The early part of 2021 saw a gradual decline during the winter lockdown. Cases increased following the easing of government restrictions in July 2021.The 7-day average of daily cases (the dark blue line) during the winter of 2021/22 has exceeded the peak experienced during winter 2020/21.  December 2021 saw the steepest rise yet and Eastbourne continues to have a higher infection rate than some of its neighbouring Districts and Boroughs in East Sussex.

Figure 6 - Eastbourne confirmed cases by specimen date 25 January 2022.

Eastbourne District Confirmed Cases

Source: Cases in Eastbourne | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk)

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Hastings Borough

Cases in Hastings have increased from 815 to 855 of new cases in the most recent week of data, an increase of 4%.

Figure 7 shows the longer-term look at cases since the start of the pandemic. In the early months of the pandemic Hastings experienced the fewest cases in East Sussex and one of the lowest rates of total confirmed cases in the country. During summer 2020 there were only sporadic cases. Cases numbers soared throughout December 2020. Cases increased following the easing of government restrictions in July 2021.The 7-day average of daily cases (the dark blue line) during the winter of 2021/22 has exceeded the peak experienced during winter 2020/21.

Figure 7 - Hastings confirmed cases by specimen date to 25 January 2022

Hastings District Confirmed Cases

Source: Cases in Hastings | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk)

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Lewes District

Cases in Lewes increased from 775 to 942 of new cases in the most recent week of data, an increase of 21%.

Figure 8 shows the longer-term look at cases since the start of the pandemic. Cases were low during the summer months with an increasing trend from the end of September and throughout October 2020. A relatively stable rate of cases throughout November initially decreased before a dramatic increase throughout December which was followed by a peak in early January. Lewes experienced higher numbers than other areas of East Sussex during the first wave of the pandemic. Cases increased following the easing of government restrictions in July 2021.The 7-day average of daily cases (the dark blue line) during the winter of 2021/22 has exceeded the peak experienced during winter 2020/21.

Figure 8 – Lewes confirmed cases by specimen date to 25 January 2022

Lewes District Confirmed Cases

Source: Cases in Lewes| Coronavirus in the  (data.gov.uk)

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Rother District

Cases reported in Rother increased from 652 to 838 in the most recent week of data, an increase of 29% and the highest recorded increase in East Sussex.

Figure 9 shows the longer-term look at cases since the start of the pandemic. Rother experienced lower numbers of cases relative to most parts of East Sussex in wave one. Rother had low cases throughout June, July, and August 2020. Cases increased slightly throughout October with a greater increase in November 2020. Numbers rose sharply in December 2020, with two peaks either side of Christmas. Cases increased following the easing of government restrictions in July 2021.The 7-day average of daily cases (the dark blue line) during the winter of 2021/22 has exceeded the peak experienced during winter 2020/21. 

Figure 9Rother confirmed cases by specimen date to 25 January 2022

Rother District Confirmed Cases

Source: Cases in Rother | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk)

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Wealden District

Cases in Wealden have increased from 1,166 to 1,282 in the most recent week of data, an increase of 10%.

Figure 10 shows the longer-term look at cases since the start of the pandemic. Wealden experienced a steady increase throughout October and November 2020 before increasing much more sharply from the second week of December and continuing to increase with peaks either side of Christmas. Cases increased following the easing of government restrictions in July 2021.The 7-day average of daily cases (the dark blue line) during the winter of 2021/22 has exceeded the peak experienced during winter 2020/21.  

Figure 10 - Wealden confirmed cases by specimen date to 25 January 2022

Wealden District Confirmed Cases

Source: Cases in Wealden | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk)

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