OVER the last week there has been a sharp increase in confirmed cases of Covid-19 in East Sussex,

That is the message from East Sussex County Council.

It says: “Over the last week there has been a sharp increase in confirmed cases of Covid-19 in East Sussex, a stark reminder that the virus has not gone away.

Up to now we have had low rates compared to the rest of the country – and we need your help to keep it that way.

If you have any Covid-19 symptoms; a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, you must self-isolate immediately and get tested.

If you have been identified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact you must self-isolate to protect others around you.

If you think you have been in contact with someone that has Covid-19 but haven’t been told to self-isolate be extra vigilant, remember: hands, face, space.

If you have symptoms or have been told to self-isolate as a close contact it is crucial that you only leave your house to get tested.

You must then return home and self-isolate until you have received a negative test result or until your period of self-isolation has finished.”

For guidance on symptoms, how to self-isolate and book a test visit: http://ow.ly/f3XK50BOabW

For the latest Covid-19 statistics for East Sussex visit: http://ow.ly/QwIG50BOabX