Covid rates are increasing, help protect us all from infection

In the 7 days up to 11 March (based on data published on 16 March) we had 2,717 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in Brighton & Hove. 

This is: 

  • Up 60.7% on previous 7 days 

  • equivalent to a weekly rate of 793.9 per 100,000 residents 

  • higher than the South East which was 769.1 per 100,000 

  • higher than the rate for England, which was 580.2 per 100,000  

What this means for Brighton & Hove 

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

“While Covid-19 rates are this high please do whatever you can to lower your chances of catching or spreading the virus. 

“If you feel unwell please don’t risk leaving home or having people over. And if you have any Covid symptoms, please get a PCR test. They are available until the end of March. It’s better to know if you have Covid so you can take action to avoid passing it on. 

“Covid-19 is most likely to be spread in busy places with poor ventilation.  

“Meeting friends outside or opening windows when you’re inside will help to stop that spread. 

“Wearing a face covering anywhere that’s crowded or enclosed will also reduce the risk. It’s not difficult to keep one in your bag to use when you need to. 

“And don’t forget that face coverings continue to be required in many health and care settings. This includes hospitals, GP surgeries and pharmacies, as well as everyone who is visiting or working in care homes.” 

Reduce your risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 

There are steps you can take to protect yourself and those around you: 

  • Get vaccinated so you have the best protection against COVID-19  

  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors or meet outside. 

  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet. 

  • Test if you have COVID-19 symptoms and stay at home and avoid contact with other people if testing positive. 

  • Stay at home if you are unwell to reduce the risk of passing any illnesses to others. 

  • Wash your hands regularly and cover coughs and sneezes to reduce the spread of viruses.  


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