THE number of beds locally occupied by Covid patients has more than tripled in the past four weeks.

New figures show 104 Covid 19 patients in hospitals across the East Sussex Healthcaren NHS Trust.

That’s the DGH, Conquest and Bexhill Hospital.

The figure of 104 across the Trust shows that in the last month that figure has more than tripled.

Senior ministers reportedly met late into the night on Friday to discuss whether further restrictions are needed.

Government advisers have warned ministers they believe the new variant of COVID-19 spreads more quickly than previous strains, and that relaxations in public attitudes risk offsetting the benefits of the vaccination rollout over the course of the coming months, Sky News understands.