Highlights of the week


New local restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus will come into effect from next Wednesday (December 2).

The government has announced that East Sussex will be in Tier 2. This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, and some additional restrictions will need to be in place. For a full breakdown, see: GOV.UK – Local restriction tiers.

Updated 26 November 2020

  • The weekly rate of cases in England continues to rise, going from 243 to 274 per 100,000

  • The weekly rate in East Sussex has also shown a large increase, going from 66 to 110 per 100,000.

  • East Sussex currently has the fifth lowest weekly rate of infections out of the 149 upper tier local authorities.

  • We continue to see our highest number of cases in working age adults.

  • Public Health England have updated the allocation of positive cases to better reflect where people live, leading to a small reduction in the total cases attributable to East Sussex.

As we start the third week of national restrictions, we continue to see cases rise nationally and locally. We expect to see a delay in the number of cases as a result of changes in behaviour and it is still too soon to assess the impact that these national restrictions have had. Although we noted a small decrease last week, we have returned to the familiar pattern of increasing cases that has characterised the last couple of months and the last week has shown the biggest weekly rise to date. However, I hope that by next week we will start to see a positive impact from the national restrictions and the steps we are all taking to follow the new national stay at home guidance.

As mentioned in previous weekly surveillance reports, we had noted that some people were being incorrectly attributed to East Sussex. This was particularly noted for university students who had tested positive but not yet changed their GP practice. As of yesterday, national data has been updated so that new cases are better attributed to where people currently live. This has a variable impact on different areas. For East Sussex this has led to a small reduction in our overall total number of cases. All data in this report is now adjusted according to reflect this change.

Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health