Coronavirus: Hastings scores lowest rate of infection in the country

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Hastings has been named as one of the least affected districts during the coronavirus pandemic.

While the town was only estimated to have a population of 92,855 in 2018, they are still coming up trumps in official government figures comparing the number of cases and rates of infection in Lower Tier Local Authorities.

Hastings has the fourth lowest number of cases of Covid-19 with only 45 confirmed cases as of May 15, and the lowest ‘rate of infection’ in England.

Another East Sussex district has seemingly made it’s way into the lower risk category; Rother currently has the sixth lowest rate of infection in the country, with 85 confirmed cases of Covid-19 (eleventh lowest in the country).

However, other factors such as the level of testing and the age of the population are not taken into account.

The rates are worked out in such a way so that larger towns do not appear to be the hardest hit areas simply because they have a larger population.

Screenshot of https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/ on Friday (May, 15)

A description of rates, according to the government:

“The different Nations, Regions, UTLAs and LTLAs vary enormously in population size.

“Areas with larger populations will tend to have more cases than those with smaller populations.

“To account for the different population sizes, rates are calculated.

“The count for each area is divided by the total population and multiplied by 100,000.

“Populations are the 2018 Mid-year Estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

“The rates are easier to compare than the raw counts, but they do not take into account other factors that may affect the numbers of cases, such as the age of the population or the amount of testing carried out.”

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