Worthing records lowest coronavirus infection rate in Sussex - but how does your area compare?

Worthing’s coronavirus infection rate has fallen to the lowest level in the county, according to figures from Public Health England.

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.

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A total to 1,018 cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed in the town, according to Public Health England.

Worthing town centre

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?