How Wiltshire Covid infections have risen since pubs reopened

SINCE pubs reopened for outdoor service across Wiltshire, coronavirus cases have risen as England eases out of lockdown.

An interactive Government map has shown that since April 14 – two days after businesses reopened to punters – the county recorded 75 infections.

According to the map on the coronavirus dashboard, in the week to April 28, when the latest figures were available, the local authority documented 96 Covid-19 cases.

Five places across Wiltshire recorded five cases or more during this time – up by one area compared to April 14.

The places that documented five or more infections, according to new data, are:

  • Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham
  • Great Wishford, Woodford Valley & Porton
  • Amesbury
  • Melksham North
  • Lydiard Millicent & Purton

The map created by the Journal below, using Public Health England data, shows the comparison between the start of pubs reopening on the left, and the latest data on the right.

In the seven days to April 14, some of the areas with fewer than three cases were Salisbury Stratford, Wilton, Nadder & Ebble and Netheravon & Upavon.

Click the button in the middle of the map below – then hold and drag from side to side – to slide between the two images. 

Left: Apr 14. Right: Apr 28.

In the latest data shown above, Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham had the highest infection rate with five cases recorded – up by three on the previous week.

The area has a weekly rolling rate of 100.2 cases per 100,000 people.

For reference, the map is divided into Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs), which are areas with an average population of 7,200.

It then colour-codes MSOAs depending on their seven-day rolling infection rate, with areas placed into the boundaries of 0-9 (yellow), 10-49 (light green), 50-99 (dark green), 100-199 (light blue), 200-399 (dark blue), 400 to 799 (light purple) and 800 plus (dark purple).

Anywhere labelled ‘800 plus’ is today deemed by the Government to be a ‘hotspot’.

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