EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell – in her weekly message – says we must live with the virus:

“I really welcome the country looking beyond the pandemic. For Eastbourne – so dependent on tourism, hospitality and foreign language learning – this has to happen and the sooner the better.

We have a brilliant vaccine programme and a new variant that looks to be less severe. Many experts are now of the view the virus will now become endemic. This is a game-changer for us all but we must get it right and so having a plan is vital.

I have said all along we must live with the virus sooner or later and it appears this position is coming into view as the government prepares in the coming weeks the next steps as we exit the pandemic. 

In good news,  East Sussex is now one of the lowest counties for infection rates, and as reported by our Director of Public Health our local NHS is successfully coping with the current demand. Workforce in self-isolation remains the big challenge rather than the rate of hospitalisation and losses.

However, it would be unwise not to take into account that Covid will still pose significant challenges for Eastbourne and Willingdon, the country and the world. The UK is in a very good position to move away from restrictions and into normality thanks to the Government’s significant financial support and good decision making but we cannot be complacent. We also need to learn from what has happened and do all we can to avoid the health and economic crises it has led to if we find ourselves in the same position in the future.”