THE number of young people testing positive for the coronavirus in Brighton and Hove is increasing, as weekly cases increase by almost 50%.
City public health consultant Nicola Rosenberg has warned of a sharp rise in covid-19 cases among young people who have not yet been vaccinated.
The latest figures released by Brighton and Hove city councils show that in the seven days to June 4 there were 82 new confirmed cases of the virus – a 44% increase.
This equates to a weekly rate of 28 per 100,000 population.
However, the infection rate is lower than what has been observed in the Southeast, which has a rate of 32 per 100,000.
Across England the rate is 48 per 100,000.
According to the council, rates among those aged 60 and over, who may have received both vaccines, are “very low”.
However, the biggest increase is among young people who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated.
Reacting to the numbers, Nicola Rosenberg said: ‘It’s great that the NHS vaccination program has now reached people in their 20s. We can see from the very low rates among people over sixty, who have been able to get both jobs now, how the vaccines are beating Covid.
“Everyone who signed up for their first vaccination will have good protection – usually two weeks after the vaccine. But they will still be vulnerable for a few more months, as you need two doses to get the full benefit. It is still possible to catch Covid between jabs, although the symptoms will be less severe.
“We need to give the NHS vaccination program enough time to do its job.
“To see our city buzzing in the sun again, it might be easy to imagine that the pandemic is over. But it’s not – not yet.
“To keep Brighton & Hove safe, everyone must maintain Covid security measures at all times. Especially where people come together, indoors and on busy streets, garden parties, barbecues and after school clubs, as well as places like shops, bars and restaurants.
“With a warmer weather forecast for the weekend, I can imagine how tempting it can be to forget everything about Covid – but we can’t afford to do that just yet.
“Now we all know what we need to do to stop the spread of the virus. We just have to remember to keep going and to encourage each other to keep going. ”
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This notice was published: 2021-06-10 16:37:39