Weekly statement by the Public Health team based on Covid-19 cases
18 November 2020
In the 7 days up to 12 November (based on data published on 17 November) we had 519 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Brighton & Hove.
- 46% increase from the previous week
- equivalent to a weekly rate of new cases of 178.4 per 100,000 residents
- lower than the rate for England, which was 272.9 per 100,000
- similar to the South East which was 178.7 per 100,000 during the same period
Where are the cases?
Covid-19 is spreading among all age groups in all areas of the city.
There was a 57% increase among the 40 to 59 age group and a 50% increase among those aged 60 and older.
We are very concerned about the increased risk to our older residents who are most likely to be severely affected by Covid-19.
What this means for the city
It has been suggested that some of the increase in cases seen nationally in the last week reflects extra social interaction in the period leading up to the national lockdown.
What is certain is that the steep rise highlights why the whole city needs to take this second lockdown seriously to break the chain of transmission.
We are asking everyone in Brighton & Hove to:
- work from home and only go out for permitted essential activities
- if you cannot work from home follow Covid safety guidelines in the workplace
- when away from home, avoid close contact with other people and do not mix households
- apply for a test if you experience any Covid related symptoms – even if very mild – and self-isolate immediately along with your household by following the self-isolation guidelines
- respond to NHS Test and Trace if they contact you to stop the virus infecting more people
The council’s Community Hub can provide support and advice, including for those who are self-isolating.