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A message from the Director of Public Health

Darrell Gale Director of Public Health East Sussex

Last updated 31 March 2022


  • The weekly rate for East Sussex has shown a decrease in the number of recorded cases by 12%.
  • All District and Boroughs have recorded decreases this week. Hastings recorded the highest decrease this week going down by 20%.
  • East Sussex currently sits at position 50 of 149 Upper Tier Authorities.
  • East Sussex continues to report a lower percentage of unvaccinated people compared to England and the South East.

Following the publication of the Living with Covid-19 paper. COVID-19 Response: Living with COVID-19 - GOV.UK (

  • England’s testing programme is being significantly reduced from 1st April, with the government saying it is switching from widespread testing to surveillance and monitoring of coronavirus in England. For the East Sussex County Council Public Health Team this means that we may not be able to access the data that this weekly report contains; Therefore, this will be the last East Sussex COVID-19 Weekly Monitoring Update.
  • The overall number of cases and hospitalisations due to COVID-19 remain high but vaccines are still helping to stop many severe cases.
  • COVID-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people. For this reason, people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system are being offered the spring booster.
  • Vaccination remains our best defence against COVID-19 and eligible people are urged to get boosted now. You can either book or use one of the walk-in centres. COVID-19 vaccinations - Sussex Health & Care Partnership . If you are struggling to get to a vaccination service free transport is available.
  • As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the contribution of the public - all of us - remains vital in this next phase. We can all play our part by ensuring we’re fully vaccinated, ensure we take care to avoid others if we have COVID-19 symptoms or confirmed COVID-19 and continue to consider wearing a face covering in crowded or enclosed spaces while infection rates are high. 
  • Don’t forget the basics of good hygiene like covering our mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing as well as regular hand washing. These behaviours can help to reduce the risk of infection and help us live safely with COVID-19.

Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health

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