Get your vaccines as soon as you can

In the seven days up to 15 October the number of confirmed new Covid-19 cases in Brighton & Hove rose by 27.2% to 930.

This is equivalent to a weekly rate of 318.8 per 100,000 residents and lower than the rate for England of 447.9 per 100,000 people and the South East rate of 450.5 per 100,000.

Alistair Hill, Director of Public Health at Brighton & Hove City Council, said:

“There has been a rise in overall cases this week – both in the city and across England.

“As stated in yesterday’s government announcement – vaccines remain our primary line of defence against the virus.

“Locally the NHS is making it as easy as possible for you to get your vaccines. Walk-in clinics are available every day for first and second doses, and for Covid boosters for those that are eligible.

“So whether you are yet to have your first vaccine, or due your second, booster or flu, please get your jab as soon as you can.”

What you can do to help keep cases down and reduce the spread

Get your Covid vaccines, your booster and your flu jab when you’re offered it.

Wear a face covering in crowded or enclosed places.

Meet outside where possible, or let fresh air in.

Keep taking twice-weekly lateral flow tests, report your results and isolate if required.

Get a PCR test if you have any symptoms, even mild, or if you test positive from a lateral flow test. Then stay at home and isolate for 10 days if you test positive. If you have any symptoms it’s important that you get a PCR test and don’t use the LFD home test kits.

Close contacts of someone who’s tested positive should get a PCR test. If you are a close contact and not fully vaccinated you should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days even if your PCR is negative. If you are a contact and fully vaccinated (where you received your second dose more than two weeks ago) or if you are under 18 years and 6 months, you no longer need to self-isolate while waiting for your PCR result.