1 in 24 people are infected with the virus in Eastbourne.

That is a grim statistic but one that hits home the best, Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce feels.

At the latest Eastbourne Cobra Group earlier this week, there was an update from Darrell Gale, Head of Public Health for East Sussex.

Here it is:

  • Eastbourne has the dubious honour of being 37th out of 315 local authorities for the highest infection rate in the UK.  Consequently our hospital services are     under great pressure and patients are being transferred from the DGH to the Conquest to spread the load.  
  • The vaccine programme is making significant inroads with care staff, NHS staff, care residents and the over 80s.
  • DG welcomed the introduction of 24/7 vaccination provision.
  • There will be mass testing for anyone unable to work from home, however, this is a huge scale-up of the existing operation so businesses are asked to be patient.
  • The Chamber report addressing supermarket safety controls was much appreciated and has been shared nationally by DG with Public Health England.  We were     asked whether supermarkets test their staff every morning like NHS workers.  We have emailed our contacts to find out.

The Chamber asked PHE to share the fact that 1 in 24 people are infected with the virus in Eastbourne.  We believe that the public will understand this figure better than more esoteric statistics. For example, if you pass 100 people in a supermarket or on the seafront then 8 of them are likely to be infected with the virus; could it be the person you have stopped to chat to!