Plan ahead for a Covid-safe weekend

Although the weekly rate of confirmed cases of COVID-19 up to 30 July is similar to last week, the downward trend has reversed in the last few days and the number of cases is now increasing again.

In the seven days up to 30 July the number of confirmed new Covid-19 cases in Brighton & Hove fell slightly by 3% from 1166 to 1135. That's a rate per hundred thousand of the population of 390.2 which is higher than the England rate of 288.1 and the South East rate of 239.5 per hundred thousand.

Cases remain high in all age groups, however the biggest increase in cases over the last week has been in young adults.

Director of Public Health, Alistair Hill, is concerned large social gatherings could lead to more transmission and increase the infection rate.

He said:

“We’re expecting things to be especially busy this weekend. The virus is still circulating among us and it spreads most quickly and easily when people get together in groups.

“I’m asking everyone to do what we can to prevent cases from rising further and protect our communities.

“The single most important thing is, if you have any of the Covid-19 symptoms like a cough, fever, change to sense of taste or smell – even if very mild - you must stay home and book a PCR test. Please do not go out.

“Please do regular symptom-free lateral flow tests at home twice a week, especially if you’re going out to meet friends and family. This is especially important as some people can catch and spread the virus without knowing it.

“We’re hearing that some people are ignoring positive lateral flow test results because they don’t feel ill. I cannot stress too highly that this is a very bad idea. There are still too many unprotected people who could become very unwell if they come into contact with someone who is carrying the virus. All positive lateral flow tests must be followed up with a PCR test while you self-isolate.

“Of course, If you are asked by NHS Test & Trace to self-isolate because you have been in contact with someone how has tested positive, please do so. The Delta variant of the virus is very contagious and the best way to keep everyone safe is to play safe

“All the Covid safety habits still hold true. I recommend keeping a face covering in your pocket to wear in busy places where you’ll be up close with people you don’t usually meet

“It’s safest to get together outside, or keep windows and doors open to let fresh air circulate when indoors. Meet in small groups if you can and try to keep space between you. And the good hand hygiene habits never grow old.

“By far the best protection from the Covid-19 virus is to be vaccinated. If you haven’t done it yet, please don’t put if off any longer.”

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