COVID-19 weekly surveillance update


National lockdown: Stay at Home rules now apply in East Sussex.

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.

See COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021, the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England.

The Surveillance Update collates published national data to describe COVID-19 cases in East Sussex, how they change over time, and how this compares to other areas.

Darrell Gale Director of Public Health
Darrell Gale Director of Public Health

COVID-19 headlines for East Sussex

Updated 18 February 2020

  • The 7-day rate per 100,000 for East Sussex (82):
    • is now firmly below the rate for England (143) and the South East (102)
    • masks the discrepancy between the Districts and Borough areas with Rother (44) at the lowest and Hastings (120) the highest.
  • The rate of reduction has been slower in Hastings which now sits at the top of all District and Borough areas with a rate of 120 per 100,000.

We expect Government to announce a roadmap out of lockdown soon. There are several strands of action in place – vaccine uptake, availability of testing and sample testing for new variants. Central Government are driving these actions forward and we are working our way through various operational processes to support the gradual easing of lockdown. It has felt like a very long winter this year and everyone has felt the pressure that the ongoing lockdown has caused. Spring is on its way and it we are able to keep rates low then this will come with increasing freedoms.

Please remain vigilant and continue to follow the lockdown rules

  • You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
  • You must isolate if you have symptoms and you must isolate if you test positive but have no symptoms. Remember that our community hubs are available if you don’t have anyone to call on to help to ensure that no one is left without support.
  • Know the facts about the vaccine - how safe it is, how it was developed so quickly, how to get there if you don’t have transport and what you need to do afterwards. Remember, once you have had the vaccine there is still a chance you might get or spread coronavirus. It is vital that you keep following the restrictions and rules about social distancing and face coverings for the time being, even if you have had the vaccine.
  • Try the Go Viral! game that puts players in the shoes of a purveyor of fake pandemic news which aims to tackle the deluge of coronavirus misinformation that is costing lives across the world. People who read the advice in Germ Defence are less likely to catch viruses and if they do become ill, the illness is likely to be less severe – it takes 10 minutes!
  • Hands – face – space.

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Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health