Covid-19: number of new cases drops by more than a third in Brighton and Hove Brighton News

Coronavirus CASs in Brighton and Hove fell by more than a third last week.

The number of new confirmed cases in the city has fallen 37%, with rates now closer to those in the Southeast.

In the seven days leading up to May 21, 34 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed, which equates to a weekly rate of 11.7 per 100,000 population – close to the Southeast rate of 12.2 per 100,000 and lower than the England average of 23 per 100,000.

Public health director Alistair Hill welcomed the drop in staff but urged people to be cautious.

He said: “After last week’s sharp increase in confirmed cases of Covid in the city, the numbers have fallen again.

“I know how confusing it can seem that the rates continue to rise and fall. With infection rates in our community now much lower than before the lockdown, it only takes a handful of cases to explain a significant percentage change.

“However, we are seeing an increase in the number of cases in some parts of the country, which shows why we need to be so careful.

“Covid is always an unwanted guest in our city. Obeying Covid safety guidelines and getting vaccinated as soon as you can stay of crucial importance. ”

It comes as a million people in Sussex have now received their first vaccination.

Mr Hill urged people not to delay getting their second vaccine and said it was crucial that people get two doses.

He said: “We learned this week that the Pfizer and Astro Zeneca vaccines are both very effective against the B.1.617.2 variant first identified in India as well as the B.1.1.7 (Kent) variant which is dominant in the UK.

“The latest research has shown that while one dose offered some protection, it increased dramatically after the second dose.

“This is because the three vaccines currently available in the UK are all designed to work at two doses.

“Having two doses leads to a stronger and better immune response of your body and longer lasting protection.

“The time between the first and second jabs has been reduced from 12 to eight weeks for all over 50 and those who are clinically vulnerable.

“So if you have a second date booked and get a notification about the date change, don’t ignore it.

“To protect the people we love, keep Brighton and Hove safe and take the pressure off the NHS, it’s important that everyone gets two doses. Book your first vaccine as soon as possible and don’t miss your second immunization appointment. ”

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This notice was published: 2021-05-27 14:30:00