Covid in Horsham: are we in a better or worse situation than last Christmas?

The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly across the UK and the Prime Minister is said to be considering introducing tough new restrictions on socialising - a situation reminiscent of last Christmas.

However, the country is in a very different position than it was last December.

The vaccine rollout has had a huge impact on the number of deaths and hospitalisations, although cases are surging across the country, including in Horsham.

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Based on analysis of UK Government data we reveal how the pandemic has changed in Horsham over the last year.

The vaccine rollout has had a huge impact on the number of deaths and hospitalisations

The analysis covers the time period 13 December 2020 to 13 December 2021.

How many positive cases are there in Horsham?

Case rates are dramatically higher in Horsham than they were last December.

This year (on 13 December) Crawley recorded 160 new cases, 789% more than on the same day last year when 18 new cases were reported.

Case numbers are based on the number of new cases by specimen date.

How many more deaths have there been Horsham?

The vaccine rollout has seen deaths plummet in the last year but thousands of deaths have still been recorded across the UK, including many in Horsham.

Last year Horsham recorded a total of 103 deaths since the start of the pandemic, however, this year the number of total deaths has risen to 216 - 113 more people have died over that time period.

This is a 109.7% rise in the total number of coronavirus deaths in Horsham.

The analysis is based on the number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test by date of death.

The death rate per 100,000 people has dropped though.

Last year 2.7 deaths were recorded per 100,000 people in Horsham, while in 2021 the death rate is 0.7.

Death rates are based on a seven day rolling average.

How many people are in hospital in Sussex?

Hospital cases have also changed across Sussex in the past year.

Last year on 14 December at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust there were 67 people in hospital and two people on mechanical ventilation beds, while this year there are 22 hospital cases and one people on mechanical ventilation beds. This represents a 67.2% drop in hospital cases and a -50% change in MV beds.

Last year on 14 December at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust there were 43 people in hospital and no people on mechanical ventilation beds, while this year there are 5 hospital cases and noone on mechanical ventilation beds. This represents a -88.4% drop in hospital cases.

Last year on 14 December at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust there were 22 people in hospital and no people on mechanical ventilation beds, while this year there are 4 hospital cases and noone on mechanical ventilation beds. This represents a -81.8% drop in hospital cases.

Last year on 14 December at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust there were 23 people in hospital and 1 person on mechanical ventilation beds, while this year there are 94 hospital cases and 16 people on mechanical ventilation beds. This represents a -308.7% rise in hospital cases and a 1500% change in MV Beds.