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

04 March 2021

In the seven days up to 26 February (based on data published on 3 March) we had 134 confirmed new Covid-19 cases in Brighton & Hove.

This is:

  • 8% less than the previous week
  • equivalent to a weekly rate of 46 per 100,000 residents  
  • lower than the rate for England, which was 91 per 100,000 and the South East which was 61 per 100,000

On 3 March there were 36 inpatients with Covid-19 at the Royal Sussex County Hospital including 11 patients in need of critical care.

What this means for Brighton & Hove

The number of new Covid-19 cases in our city has fallen dramatically since the peak at the start of the year, but the reduction is now slowing down.

Next week, restrictions will start to ease as the first step of the government’s roadmap back to a more normal way of life begins.

On Monday 8 March, schools and colleges will reopen and care home residents can have one regular visitor provided they are tested and wear PPE. People will be allowed to spend time in outdoor public places for recreation with their household, support bubble or one person from outside their household. This is in addition to outdoor exercise, which is already permitted

But we must all remember that the Stay at Home regulation will remain in force until at least 29 March and many lockdown restrictions will remain until 12 April. You should continue to work from home. Meeting in groups and traveling outside your local area is still not allowed.

It is important to continue to observe all the hands, face, space guidelines and to limit contact with people outside your household. For example, when taking children to school please do not socialise with other adults at the school gates.

The continued easing of restrictions is dependent upon the rate of infection continuing to fall. If cases go up again, this will delay the lifting of restrictions.

Vaccinations progress

The progress of the government’s four-step roadmap out of restrictions also depends on the success of the vaccination programme.

Over 70,000 people in Brighton & Hove have now received their first dose of vaccine. More people are being invited to book a vaccination appointment as the NHS programme works through the priority groups.

You will be contacted directly by the NHS or your GP when it is your turn. As soon as you are contacted, please do not delay booking your vaccination.

More information about the Sussex NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme is available on the Sussex Health and Care website.