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THERE have been 480 new Covid cases in seven days in Eastbourne.

That’s a rise of 70.2 per cent.

Infection rates in lower tier areas of England have risen rapidly in the last seven days, according to the latest government data.

Around 40% of people in England, including London, parts of the East of England and much of the South East, are currently under tier four rules.

It requires non-essential shops, beauty salons and hairdressers to close, and limits people to meeting in a public outdoor place with their household, or one other person.