COVID-19 infection rates are soaring across the Herald area in Surrey and Hampshire.

According to government data, 2,402 positive cases were recorded in Surrey on Monday, December 20, up from 2,303 a day earlier.

While in Hampshire, 1,720 positive tests for Covid-19 were recorded on Monday, down from 1,847 on Sunday.

But the rolling seven-day infection rate has increased in both counties, with both remaining above the national average.

In the seven days to December 15, in Surrey there were 1,026.9 positive Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people – up from 901.4 yesterday, and a 46.1 per cent increase on a week earlier.

In Hampshire, the infection rate is now 738.6 per 100,000 people – up from 684.3 yesterday, and a 17.2 per cent increase on a week earlier.

Nationally, the infection rate is 736.4 cases per 100,000, up from 661.3 yesterday.

Hospital admissions have largely flat-lined since mid-October, however, with government data revealing no discernible increase in hospitalisations – or in patients receiving mechanical ventilation – across the South East in line with rising infection rates.

Across the South East, 93 people were admitted to hospitals with Covid-19 on Monday, with 832 people currently receiving treatment for the coronavirus in the region’s hospitals. Of those, 91 are receiving mechanical ventilation.

The government’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty is though expecting a “significant increase” in hospitalisations from the Omicron variant in coming weeks.

The worst-affected areas locally, ranked by their rolling seven-day infection rate up to December 15, are:

* Haslemere East (113 new cases/1,688.3 cases per 100,000/up 91.5 per cent on a week earlier)

* Hindhead, Beacon Hill and Frensham (105/1,197/+87.5%)

* Wheelerstreet, Wormley and Hambledon (86/1,194.1/+53.6%)

* Farnham Shortheath (77/1,085.9/+37.5%)

* Elstead and Milford (75/1,071.1/+82.9%)

* Weybourne and Badshot Lea (63/1,057.4/+117.2%)

* Haslemere West (64/1,030.1/+3.2%)

* Farnham Moor Park and Bourne (61/969.3/-12.9%)

* New Alresford (77/907.7/+37.5%)

* Liss and Hawkley (70/898.5/+118.8%)

* Farnham Town (74/882.4/+15.6%)

* Bordon Camp (52/872/+62.5%)

* Petersfield South (84/888.8/+6.3%)

* Odiham and Warnborough (59/866.6/+31.1%)

* Wrecclesham (53/825.9/+47.2%)

* Farnham Upper Hale (58/834.3/+38.1%)

* Crookham West, Ewshot and Crondall (83/822.6/+2.5%)

* Whitehill and Selborne (47/822.4/+46.9%)

* Fernhurst and Northchapel (54-807.7/-16.9%)

* Ewhurst and Chiddingfold (66/800.2/+57.1%)

Only areas in the Herald area (Farnham, Haslemere, Alton, Bordon, Liphook, Petersfield) where infection rates exceed 800 cases per 100,000 are listed.

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