For the week of November 10 to November 16, 88 out of every 100,000 people in the town were infected with coronavirus – significantly fewer than the national average of 210.
The town recorded 97 new cases over that week, compared to 72 the week before, but its rise in cases was lower than elsewhere in the county.
A total to 1,018 cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed in the town, according to Public Health England.
With the national lockdown kicking in at the beginning of November and cases reported to be levelling out across the country, it is likely Worthing’s infection rate could have fallen further.
All local authorities in Sussex now have infection rates lower than the national average, with Wealden taking the unwelcome top spot with a rate of 165 infections per 100,000 people.
The latest figures from across the county are as follows:
Chichester - 115 per 100,000
Arun – 137 per 100,000
Adur – 112 per 100,000
Horsham – 113 per 100,000
Mid Sussex - 154 per 100,000
Crawley - 164 per 100,000
Brighton and Hove - 145 per 100,000
Lewes - 99 per 100,000
Eastbourne – 162 per 100,000
Wealden – 165 per 100,000
Hastings – 117 per 100,000
Rother – 137 per 100,000
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today (November 23) that the national lockdown will end on December 2, with areas reverting back to a tiered system based on perceived risk.
Prior to lockdown, the tiers were largely decided by an area’s infection rate.
Last week, Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Worthing Hospital, revealed the current number of hospitalisations and its measures in place to keep day-to-day services running. Read more here: Coronavirus: West Sussex hospitals ‘well prepared’ but how do patient figures compare to the first wave?