A HEALTH chief has spoen of Covid ‘outbreaks at several care homes’ in Eastbourne.

East Sussex director of public health Darrell Gale told councillors that rates of coronavirus infections had been falling prior to the second national lockdown across East Sussex.

He said: “From a very steep increase in the case rate in the last week of October – and although we still have some days when the daily numbers are as high or higher than the peak of the first wave in April – overall cases rates have reduced. 

“This isn’t to do with the lockdown, this is just the serendipitous timing of the lockdown. We are probably not looking at any impact of lockdown on those rates for at least another week, but it already shows we were heading in the right direction anyway.”

According to Mr Gale the latest data (published on November 4) showed East Sussex had the lowest rates of infection in England, 

Eastbourne had 88 cases and the highest rate of infection (at 84.4 per 100,000) within East Sussex, although this was still at a level below the national average. Mr Gale said this figure had been higher the week before following outbreaks at several care homes.

He also told councillors the county had above average testing rates, with the highest number of tests in the county taking place in Hastings and Eastbourne.