Covid rates stable in Brighton & Hove

In the seven days up to 4 December (based on data published on 9 December) there were 173 confirmed new Covid-19 cases in Brighton & Hove. 
This is very similar to the rate in the previous week. It is equivalent to a weekly rate of new cases of 59.5 per 100,000 residents. This is lower than the rate for England of 151 per 100,000, and the South East of 156.9 per 100,000. 
The full data is published on the council website. Dr Katie Cuming, Consultant in Public Health, explains:
“We know the big reduction in cases seen after lockdown was due to less mixing of people and less mixing between households. But as people start to go out more there is a risk that infection rates could increase again.
“It is very good news that the vaccination programme has started. Health care staff and the over 80s are starting to receive theirs this week at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
“At this time of year shops and public spaces can get very busy. But it is possible to prepare for the Christmas holiday in a Covid-safe way.
“When shopping, try to avoid busy times and always think ‘hands, face, space’. Travel on foot, bike or in your own vehicle when possible. If you must lift-share or travel on public transport, wear a face covering, keep apart and open windows.
“If you experience any Covid-related symptoms, even if very mild, do not go shopping. You must immediately self-isolate with your household and apply for a test to stop Covid infecting more people.
“It is crucial that we all continue to closely follow the Tier 2 guidelines to maintain what we have achieved - and to stop Covid from spreading widely in the city.”