According to reports in the national press today (Saturday, December 19), the region could potentially be cut off from the rest of the UK under a travel ban in order to contain the virus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be addressing the nation later, which is expected to be at 4pm.
Hastings and Rother was placed under tougher Tier 3 restrictions from today due to rising infection rates.
The rest of East Sussex and West Sussex, together with Brighton and Hove, are under Tier 2.
London was placed in Tier 3 earlier this week.
Today’s developments come after a new variant of Covid-19 was recently discovered, which has so far been confined to London and the South East.
Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty said: “As announced on Monday, the UK has identified a new variant of Covid-19 through Public Health England’s genomic surveillance.
“As a result of the rapid spread of the new variant, preliminary modelling data and rapidly rising incidence rates in the South East, the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) now consider that the new strain can spread more quickly.
“We have alerted the World Health Organisation and are continuing to analyse the available data to improve our understanding.
“There is no current evidence to suggest the new strain causes a higher mortality rate or that it affects vaccines and treatments although urgent work is underway to confirm this.
“Given this latest development it is now more vital than ever that the public continue to take action in their area to reduce transmission.”
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