NEW figures show the number of people in our local hospitals with Covid.

The data released covers the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which includes the Eastbourne DGH as well as the Conquest in Hastings.

As of August 17, the number across the Trust was 19.

It had been 23 the previous week.

18 new patients were admitted to the Trust in the week to August 15 – an increase from 16 the previous seven days.

Back in May, the figure was just one.

Of course, at the height of the pandemic, the figure was hundreds.