FIVE areas of Eastbourne have had fewer than three Covid cases in the latest data.

It covers the seven days to February 27.

They are: Hampden Park South

Ratton

Upperton

King Edward’s Parade

Meads.

The UK has recorded 158 coronavirus-related deaths and 6,040 cases in the last 24-hour period, according to government figures released yesterday.

It comes as a top scientist said she is “optimistic” the vaccination programme will allow Britain to ease virus restrictions by summer as planned.

Professor Sharon Peacock, who is in charge of tracking strains of the virus in Britain, told The Times that new variants are “very unlikely to send us back to square one”, as the UK can “stay ahead” of the virus by adapting vaccines quickly.