Covid cases decreased by a small percentage in Wiltshire but the county's overall case rate is still higher than the UK average, figures show.

In the seven days leading up to December 2nd, the case rate in Wiltshire was at 511.0 per 100,000 people compared to the national average of 478.9 for this period according to Public Health England.

The total cases for this period, 2576, decreased by 2.3% (equivalent to 60 cases) from the week before.

Cases went up in 27 areas out of the 62 in Wiltshire.

Durrington & Bulford had the highest case rate at 1137.1 which is over double the UK average rate of 478.9 for this period, but this is a significant reduction from the week prior.

The most affected areas for new cases were: Netheravon and Upavon, where Covid cases went up by 31; Somerford, Dauntsey & Minety where cases went up by 27; and Melksham North where cases went up by 19.

Tidworth & Ludgershall had the highest total cases at 111, Amesbury had the second highest with 105 total cases, and Larkhill, Shrewton & Bulford Camp recorded the third highest with 100 total cases. 

Covid Hotspots in Wiltshire

The top ten Covid hotspots in Wiltshire, using the Covid case rate which is calculated to account for the population size, were:

  1. Durrington & Bulford (1137.1)
  2. Netheravon and Upavon (999.8)
  3. Larkhill, Shrewton & Bulford Camp (885.3)
  4. Somerford, Dauntsey & Minety (886.8)
  5. Amesbury (833)
  6. Calne South (746.1)
  7. Derry Hill & Hilmarton (724.4)
  8. Great Wishford, Woodford Valley & Porton (701.7)
  9. Salisbury Churchfields (658.5)
  10. Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (658.3)

What does Covid case rate mean and how are areas defined?

The case rate takes into account the population size of an area in regard to new cases, providing an image of the extent to which one area is impacted. 

These areas within local authorities are defined as MSOAs, or middle super-output areas, which is a geographic category selected to improve reporting of small area statistics. 

Weekly rolling sums and population-based rates of new cases are available on the government website and show show the latest 7 days for which near-complete data are available. 

Find out more on the Goverment Coronavirus Dashboard.

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