With the further easing of coronavirus restrictions today life should start to become more normal in the Candover Valley. The local pubs and restaurants will be able to serve customers indoors and many other shopping and entertainment facilities will again be available in nearby towns and villages. Within the Valley there have been very few new cases of the disease since early March and most of the neighbouring areas have recorded less than three cases on a rolling seven-day basis since the beginning of April.
As of five days ago, 11 May, the latest date for which local numbers are available, Basingstoke and Deane had 16 cases over seven days, equal to 9.1 per 100,000 population. The neighbouring districts of East Hampshire and Winchester had 13 cases – 10.6 per 100k and 9 and 7.2 per 100k respectively. In Basingstoke town only Popley had more than three cases – 4 equal to 28.8 per 100k.