Brighton to receive additional government aid amid rise in Covid Brighton News

BRIGHTON and Hove will receive additional government assistance to deal with an alarming increase in Delta variant cases.

The city council said additional support would be provided to boost testing and ensure the city is “safe and open for business.”

It will include the operation of two mobile symptom-free PCR testing units and the introduction of an advertising campaign to promote testing and vaccinations, targeting groups most at risk.

The news comes as the rate in Brighton and Hove continues to be the highest in the UK, with positive cases highest among adolescents and young adults.

Anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 who lives in the city is encouraged to take a PCR test for coronavirus, whether or not they have symptoms.

Covid Marshalls will continue to promote testing and vaccinations in bars, restaurants and intense soccer areas in the city.

Schools were also urged to reintroduce face coverings in classrooms and common areas for staff and students.

Councilor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Head of Brighton & Hove City Council, said additional support was “good news for the city”, especially as July 19 approaches when lockdown measures are expected to be relaxed .

He said: “Our city is very open for business, but the large amount of Covid cases in the city means that we need residents and visitors to be especially careful.

“Most of the legal restrictions will probably end in a week; However, Covid is sadly far from over and we must all continue to take responsibility for protecting ourselves, our families, friends and communities.

“I urge everyone to continue to wash their hands, wear a face shield indoors and in crowded spaces, maintain a safe distance, keep rooms well ventilated, and meet in the classroom. outdoors as much as possible this week and after July 19. Help keep our city open and safe.

Alistair Hill, director of public health for Brighton & Hove, said it was important to slow the rate of infection while people were still getting vaccinated.

He said: “If you are between 18 and 29 and live or work in the city, get tested at our new symptom-free testing sites. This will help find cases quickly so you can isolate yourself and stop the spread. ”

“The vaccination program is a fantastic success and weakens the link between infection, serious illness and hospitalization.

“So I also repeat to all those who have not had their first vaccine, please go ahead and do it as soon as possible.

“Convenient, without an appointment, without documentation, vaccination sessions are now open every day at Brighton & Hove. They can be found at Brighton Racecourse, Hove Lawns and Brighton Center as well as other mobile locations.

“And, if you had your first vaccination eight weeks ago and are waiting to receive your second, you can also do it now during the walk-in, no-documentation sessions.

“Text your friends and family to help them get vaccinated too. ”

The walk-in test sites will be open from 12:00 p.m. every day:

• Statue of Peace, Hove seafront, BN3 2WN Usually open from noon to 7 p.m. daily

• Jubilee Square, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE Usually open from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

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This notice was published: 2021-07-12 17:00:54

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