SELEP Data: Health
SELEP saw its initial peak of COVID-19 cases in April at just under 8,000 (noting that there was no widespread testing programme during the first wave of the epidemic) followed by month on month reductions to 953 in August. From September cases again began to rise rapidly; there were 35,997 cases in the month of November and up to 17th December the number had already reached 36,064. Infection rates have varied significantly across the four federated areas and the local authorities within SELEP, with Kent and Medway, South Essex and parts of Essex and East Sussex entering Tier 4: Stay at Home on 20th December. The remaining districts in Essex and East Sussex remained in Tier 2: High Alert as at 20th December.