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Healthwatch Update 23 October 2020

An important message from Alistair Hill, Director of Public Health for our city concerning COVID-19 cases
23 October 2020
“Brighton & Hove remains in Tier 1 on Medium alert this week.
That means we will see no change to the basic national rules we must follow which in summary are:
– Groups of up to six people can meet indoors and outdoors.
– Bars, pubs and restaurants must close at 10pm

In the past week we have not seen the dramatic increase in numbers that we saw in the previous fortnight. The full details are published on our website.
In the seven days up to 17 October (based on data published on 21 October) we had 244 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Brighton & Hove.
This is:
– similar to 250 cases in the previous 7-day period (up to 10 October)
– equivalent to a weekly rate of new cases of 83.9 per 100,000 residents
– lower than the rate for England, which was 174.8 per 100,000, during the same period
Most cases are still among young people aged 15-24 years old and although the rate has not increased significantly it remains far too high. Worryingly there is an increase among older adults, especially 30-44 year olds.
The rate remains too high and we cannot afford to be complacent. As we have seen in other parts of the country, the situation can change rapidly. We must all continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of Covid in our city.
The virus spreads most quickly when households meet and mix. So please try and reduce the number of people you meet every day. Always keep to the rule of six and try to meet outside whenever possible to reduce the risk of catching or transmitting the virus to other people.
Wear a face covering when outside if there is a risk you cannot maintain two metres distance, such as when queueing outside shops, waiting at bus stops and in busy streets, not just when required to do so.”

All the best
Healthwatch Team
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