Cases continue to fall across Basingstoke and the wider borough as vaccinations continue to be delivered.

No area in Basingstoke now has over 20 new cases this week, with sharp falls in the rates of transmission and absolute Covid case numbers across many areas over the past week. Rural areas around Overton have had less than two cases in the past week.

Here’s a roundup of seven Covid stats to show how the battle against the virus is progressing:

All the data is correct as of 1:30pm on February 19.

1. According to Public Health England figures, 23 confirmed cases were reported in the Basingstoke and Deane area in the latest 24-hour period. It brings the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 7,662.

2. In the week to February 13, 166 cases were recorded compared to 240 the week before. It means the rate of infection fell from 135.9 per 100,000 to 94.0.

The figures are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

4. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths at Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Which includes Basingstoke, Andover and Winchester hospitals) stands at 411. The latest death recorded was on February 17.

5. Elsewhere in Hampshire, the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has had 446 deaths in total.

6. Buckskin & Worting has the highest seven–day rolling rate of new cases in the area according to a map on the government coronavirus dashboard. They are shown in pale blue, the colour used to identify areas with rates between 100 and 199 per 100,000. The figures refer to the seven days to February 13.

7. Across England, 16,423,082 people have now been vaccinated with their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with 573,724 having also had their second as of February 18. 479,061 of these are in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight with 81,234 having been vaccinated in the past week.

Individuals in lower priority groups in the first phase, such as those of any age with underlying health conditions and over 50s, are now being invited to have their first vaccination. The government aims to have vaccinated all groups in the first phase by the spring, with the rest of the population to follow.