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

22 October 2020

Brighton & Hove remains on Medium alert this week

In the seven days up to 17 October (based on data published on 21 October) we had 244 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Brighton & Hove.

This is:

  • similar to 250 cases in the previous 7-day period (up to 10 October)
  • equivalent to a weekly rate of new cases of 83.9 per 100,000 residents
  • lower than the rate for England, which was 174.8 per 100,000, during the same period

Brighton & Hove is classed as Tier 1 on Medium alert and subject to basic national rules.

  • you may not meet in a group of more than six people, indoors or outdoors, unless you're in a larger household or a support bubble
  • pubs, bars and restaurants must close by 10pm

Distribution of confirmed cases

As with previous weeks, most confirmed cases are among young people. In the month of October to date, 62% of cases in the city have been 15-24 years old. The rate has not risen significantly in this age group in the last week but remains far too high. Worryingly the rate of infection is increasing in working age and older adults, particularly among people aged 30-44 years old.

This is not a time to take risks

Covid-19 is a highly infectious virus. We need everyone in our city, of all ages, to make every effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

  • reduce your social contacts. The virus spreads when people and households mix
  • meet outside when you can. Meeting in fresh air is lower risk than indoors. But you must maintain social distancing and keep to the rule of six
  • wear a face covering when outside if there is a risk you can’t maintain two metres distance, not just when required to do so. Especially in busy places like streets, queues and bus stops