The number of coronavirus cases is more than doubling each week in six places of Basingstoke and Deane, new figures reveal.

Government statistics reveal that the virus is growing exponentially in half a dozen areas of the borough.

These include: Houndmills and Oakridge; South Ham and West Ham; Viables; and Brighton Hill.

In these areas, the number of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 29 is more than 100 per cent up on the previous seven days.

This is also the case in Hatch Warren, which has seen 170 per cent more cases in the most recent week of statistics, as well as Tadley West.

Across the borough, 620 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the seven days to December 29, which was 178 more than the week before.

It means that the number of cases in the borough increased by 40.3 per cent.

After the Gazette reported last week that Bramley, Sherfield and the Sherbornes had seen a nearly 400 per cent increase in Covid cases, the area remains the hotspot in the borough.

It has a rolling rate - the number of cases per 100,000 of the population - of 582.3, recording 55 new cases in the week to December 29.

This was down nine on the week before.

The area is a 'Middle Super Output Area' (MSOA) and contains villages such as Bramley, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Stratfield Saye, Monk Sherborne, Sherborne St John, Ramsdell and Turgis Green.

MSOAs are generally smaller than council wards and are based on population rather than geographical area.

The other Covid hotspots in the borough include Woolton Hill, Burghclere and Bishops Green (rolling rate of 527.4) and Popley (517.5) - which have recorded 40 and 72 new cases in that time frame respectively.

Kempshott has the lowest rolling rate in the borough, seeing 141.3 cases per 100,000 population - and is the only MSOA with a rolling rate below 200.

Meanwhile, Hook's coronavirus rate is higher than the Hart district - and England - average.

The MSOA of Hook and Rotherwick has recorded 48 new cases in the seven days to December 29, meaning it has a rolling rate of 557.5.

An interactive map on the government website shows just how many people have tested positive for the virus in each area of the county over the seven-day period up to Tuesday, December 29.

The interactive map allows users to type in their postcode and see how many cases were reported in their area and if it has increased or decreased from the week before. The darker the colour on the image, the more positive test results have been recorded.

The map highlights which areas of the nation have three or more confirmed cases of the virus and colour co-coordinates the areas by how many cases they have.

The latest figures reflect the period soon after Christmas, just days after most of Hampshire went into tier four measures.

All the areas of Basingstoke and Deane, their coronavirus case rates (as of December 29, 2020), the number of new cases in the seven days to that date, and the change on the previous week

  • Bramley, Sherfield and the Sherbornes - rolling rate 582.3 (55 new cases, down 9)
  • Woolton Hill, Burghclere and Bishops Green - 527.4 (40 new cases, up 17)
  • Popley - 517.5 (72 new cases, up 30)
  • Houndmills and Oakridge - 469.2 (35 new cases, up 18)
  • Hampshire average - 424.9 (5875 new cases, up 2085)
  • Viables - 395.8 (31 new cases, up 18)
  • Tadley West - 395.2 (29 new cases, up 16)
  • Brighton Hill - 359.9 (26 new cases, up 14)
  • Basingstoke and Deane average - 351.1 (620 new cases, up 178)
  • Kingsclere and Heath End - 344.4 (25 new cases, up 1)
  • Kings Furlong - 342.1 (29 new cases, up 8)
  • Buckskin and Worting - 332.1 (25 new cases, up 8)
  • Winklebury and Rooksdown - 313.9 (33 new cases, up 5)
  • Hatch Warren - 313.6 (27 new cases, up 17)
  • Chineham - 313.1 (24 new cases, down 1)
  • Whitchurch and Ashmansworth - 294.4 (21 new cases, up 7)
  • Overton and North Waltham - 292.9 (20 new cases, up 2)
  • Daneshill and Little Basing - 288.7 (24 new cases, up 7)
  • Tadley West - 285.4 (22 new cases, up 6)
  • Basingstoke Central, Black Dam and Eastrop - 272.6 (21 new cases, down 4)
  • Old Basing and the Candovers - 271.5 (21 new cases, up 1)
  • East Oakley - 239.2 (13 new cases, up 6)
  • South Ham and West Ham - 218 (17 new cases, up 10)
  • Kempshott - 141.3 (10 new cases, up 1)