THERE have now been a staggering 566 Covid deaths at East Sussex hospitals ‘but we are past the peak.’

The 566 is for deaths at the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which covers the DGH.

However, there is optimism too.

Eastbourne is no longer the Sussex hotspot as cases decline considerably.

We now have an infection rate of 376.9 per 100,000 people, a 44 per cent drop compared to the previous week.