Weekly statement by the Public Health team based on COVID-19 cases

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6 May 2021

In the seven days up to 30 April (based on data published on 4 May) we had 40 confirmed new Covid-19 cases in Brighton & Hove. This is:
 

  • 18% decrease on the previous week
  • equivalent to a weekly rate of 13.8 per 100,000 residents  
  • lower than the rate for the South East which was 16.3 per 100,000
  • lower than the rate for England, which was 22.6 per 100,000 

What does this mean for Brighton & Hove?

After last week’s small rise, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Brighton & Hove has returned to same level as mid-April (as reported on 22 April). With overall numbers of confirmed cases in the city now relatively low, small fluctuations up and down like this are to be expected. 

Ideally, we would like to see numbers continue to steadily reduce week on week. Although stable, the current number of cases indicates the virus is still present in our community with the potential to spread again. 

Every vaccination takes us one step closer to normal

To keep on top of the virus we need as many people as possible to get vaccinated. The programme has now reached the 40+ age group and is moving fast through all groups.

The local vaccination centres are busy and appointments get booked-up fast. We know that the national booking system is offering some residents first-dose appointments outside Brighton & Hove. If that happens to you and you cannot travel to the suggested location, please bookmark the page and try again because new slots will become available. There are also alternatives that can be booked directly such as the mobile vaccination service.

The vaccines are highly effective at reducing COVID-19 infections with 10,400 deaths prevented in the over-60s by the end of March. A new study by Public Health England shows that just one dose of any of the Covid vaccines can cut the rate of transmission to others in a household by nearly half. This is reassuring news for multi-generation families and people in shared accommodation where not everyone living together has had their jab yet. By getting vaccinated you also protecting those around you. 

Many residents are now being invited for their second jab – it is vital everyone takes this up to receive the maximum protection. 

Regular testing also stops Covid

Even as people get vaccinated, we need to keep testing to make sure we're slowing the spread of the virus

It is easy to get free symptom-free Covid tests or have them delivered to your home and we encourage everyone who works away from home to make them part of your weekly routine. 

If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 the symptom-free (lateral flow) tests are not the right one to take, you should book a free PCR test and follow the self-isolation guidance. The council may be able to offer financial help if you cannot work because you need to self-isolate.

Continue to take care

The Covid safety habits of ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ have helped drive down rates of infection. Keeping them up will keep the virus in check. Letting them go will give Covid room to spread again. 

Please continue to be careful and care for each other as we move towards the next stage on the roadmap out of lockdown later this month.