AN INTERACTIVE map has revealed a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases in one area of Sussex.

There has been a significant increase in the number of positive tests reported in Coldean and Moulsecoomb North.

The map uses data from Public Health England to show potential virus "hotspots" in the county.

It uses the most recent complete data available, displaying information based on figures collected in the seven days leading up to October 10.

The Argus last reported on these figures for the data set collected between September 24 and September 30.

The Argus:

Then, the region with the highest number of cases in Sussex was Coldean and Moulsecoomb North, where there had been 12 positive tests.

This made it the only region in the county to have recorded more than ten cases in a week.

In the latest figures, Coldean and Moulsecoomb North remains the area of the county with the highest figure.

The area contains the University of Sussex's Falmer Campus.

There were 69 cases in this area in the week leading up to October 10, giving it a seven-day rolling rate of 589.3.

These are expressed per 100,000 population and are calculated by dividing the seven day count by the area population and multiplying by 100,000.

The county is divided into Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs) which are areas with an average population of 7,200.

The Argus:

The map is updated every weekday.

These are the latest available figures for all areas of Brighton and Hove recorded in the seven days leading up to October 10:

  • St James's Street and Queen's Park: 3
  • North Laine and the Lanes: 9
  • Goldsmid East: 6
  • King Alfred: 3
  • Aldrington South: 5
  • Portslade Village: 3
  • Hangleton South: 5
  • West Blatchington: 5
  • Withdean Woods: 4
  • Preston Park 15
  • Round Hill: 8
  • Hanover: 12
  • Elm Grove and Bear Road: 10
  • Kemp Town: 7
  • Roedean and Marina: 5
  • Whitehawk: 4
  • Bevendean and Moulsecoomb East: 7
  • Coldean and Moulsecoomb North: 69
  • Hollingdean and Moulsecoomb West: 3
  • Hollingbury: 5
  • Patcham West and Westdene: 12
  • Rottingdean and Saltdean: 7
  • East Saltdean and Telscombe Cliffs: 4

The interactive map colour-coded MSOAs depending on their seven day rolling rate, with areas placed into the boundaries of 0-10, 10-50, 50-100, 100-200, 200-400 and 400 plus.

The Argus:

Coldean and Moulsecoomb North was the only area of Sussex to be placed within the highest boundary.

Areas in the county to have a rate of 100 or more were:

  • Hailsham East: 8
  • Robertsbridge, Hurst Green and Ticehurst: 1
  • Chailey, Newick and Barcombe: 10
  • Horsted Keynes, Ardingly and Sharpthorne: 9
  • Uckfield Town and North: 14
  • Chelwood and Nutley: 10
  • Forest Row and Coleman's Hatch: 11
  • Heathfield: 9
  • Littlehaven: 13

You can view the full interactive map HERE.

The Argus:

Brighton and Hove is currently in tier one, "medium risk" in the government's new three-tier coronavirus alert system.

This means that lockdown rules in the area have not changed, with people urged to continue to adhere to social distancing, the rule of six and the 10pm curfew on hospitality venues.

In the seven days between October 6 and October 12, there were 80 cases per 100,000 people in the city, compared to an average of 93 cases per 100,000 across England.