Two areas of Surrey are still seeing their coronavirus infection rates rise according to the latest data as we come out of the national lockdown.
Despite varying infection rates, all areas in the county have been placed under new Tier 2 restrictions as of Wednesday (December 2) with the opening of non-essential retail businesses and restaurants.
The most recent Public Health England data shows that Woking now has an infection rate close to 200, as it jumped from 142.9 on November 20 to 196.4 on November 27.
Mole Valley is the only other area to see a rise in its infection rate week-on-week. It went from from 94.0 on November 20 to 108.9 in the seven days to November 27.
While that doesn’t feel as significant a jump as Woking, when you look at Mole Valley’s infection rate on November 23, it had actually dropped to 88.3, so in four days it has risen by 20.9. Woking’s was 172.6 on November 23 so over that same four-day period it has risen by 23.8.
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Infection rates in each Surrey area
From left to right, the data below shows the infection rate in the seven days to November 27 followed by the number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in that period.
After that is the infection rate in the seven days to November 20, and then the number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in that period, to provide a week-on-week comparison.
The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.
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Woking : 196.4, (198), 142.9, (144)
Runnymede : 155.4, (139), 208.0, (186)
Surrey Heath : 128.8, (115), 133.3, (119)
Spelthorne : 114.2, (114), 209.3, (209)
Mole Valley : 108.9, (95), 94.0, (82)
Epsom and Ewell : 105.4, (85), 165.0, (133)
Guildford : 105.4, (157), 116.8, (174)
Tandridge : 90.8, (80), 131.6, (116)
Elmbridge : 86.3, (118), 117.7, (161)
Reigate and Banstead : 88.1, (131), 113.6, (169)
Waverley : 73.6, (93), 94.2, (119)
New rules for Surrey residents in Tier 2
- People must not socialise indoors with anyone who isn’t in their household or support bubble
- Rule of six still applies when meeting anyone outdoors
- Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. They can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. These venues will still be table service only and must close by 11pm
- Weddings can be held with 15 people, and 30 people can attend a funeral
- Places of worship are allowed to open
- Organised sport outdoors can take place
- Organised sport indoors will only be allowed with people from the same household or support bubble
- Audiences can attend sports and live performances if they allow social distancing and work at 50% capacity or a maximum of 2,000 people when the venue is outdoors and 1,000 when the venue is indoors.
- People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they take and avoid travel to a Tier 3 area (such as Kent)
A Downing Street press conference is set to be held on Wednesday as the UK became the first country in the world to approve the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.