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COVID-19 – we’re at a tipping point

COVID-19 - we're at a tipping point
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While we await full details on the Government’s new national system of local COVID alert levels, we will not update Brighton & Hove’s weekly traffic light local alert level.

This is to ensure our communication is as clear and simple as possible.

Our most recent alert level was ‘amber’. This reflects the significant and ongoing increase in cases that we have seen in the city since September.

The Government has classified Brighton & Hove as ‘medium’, indicating that national restrictions continue to be in place. The other levels – high and very high – apply to areas where additional restrictions are in place.

In the seven days up to 8 October (based on data published on 12 October) there were 227 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Brighton & Hove.

This is an increase from 119 cases in the previous 7-day period (up to 1 October) and more than double the previous week.

Alistair Hill, Director of Public Health, said: “The ongoing increase in case numbers is very concerning. We are seeing cases in all age groups, although it is most common in young people.

“We have seen more cases in students in the past few weeks. Both of the universities are working hard to support students while they self-isolate and prevent the virus spreading. 

“The virus spreads when people and households mix. This is not a time to take risks. Covid-19 is a highly infectious virus.

“Before going out to mix with other people, please ask yourself: ‘Do I really need to do this and what can I do to reduce my risk?’

“”We are at a tipping point. But we can turn this around if we all play our part by following the hands, face, space guidelines and limiting contact with other people.

“To stop infection spreading it is also crucial to start self-isolating at the first signs of symptoms and book a test.

“Please ensure you self-isolate if have been informed you are a contact of a case. While self-isolating people must not go out or have visitors at home.

“Now more than ever it is vitally important that we all work together to stop the virus spreading further in the city.”