EASTBOURNE had no positive Covid tests in the week to May 14 – and our MP has hailed the news.

Here’s Caroline Ansell’s thoughts: “There is understandable concern about the so-called Indian variant of Covid and if this will impact the lockdown Road Map.

The simple answer is: we don’t yet know, although there is promising news that the vaccines we have are effective against it.

The Government is right to be cautious looking ahead but on a brighter note, this week brought both new freedoms and positive news on local cases.

In Eastbourne in the week to the 14th May, there were no positive Covid tests in our town, which is not just good news but a serious achievement and an important marker. The challenge now is to keep it that way – or as close to zero as possible in the weeks to come. 

Routine self-testing for everyone and all the well-established safety measures are key ahead of the next big Road Map milestone of 21st June when most restrictions are due to end. However, the Government has always said these relaxations of the rules were conditional on the data saying it was safe to do so. I hope this will be the case next month but we must remain cautious and press on at pace with the vaccination programme.

We’re doing brilliantly well in Eastbourne on that front so when your vaccine invite comes, please do step up.  It’s significant that in Bolton – an infection hotspot – nearly everyone in hospital with Covid was offered the jab but had chosen not have it. I can think of no starker reason to go out and get a vaccine.”