West Sussex on 'yellow alert' as Covid-19 cases increase

The pandemic alert level has been increased as more coronavirus cases are confirmed in West Sussex.

The current alert level in West Sussex has been escalated to 'yellow' (raised local alertness) which means there is an increasing number of confirmed cases of coronavirus.

West Susse County Council has assured residents that the increase in in line with the increase in cases being seen nationally. There were 116 confirmed cases in West Sussex in the last seven days.

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With the rise in cases, residents are being asked to take preventative action to stop the spread of the virus.

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This includes following the 'rule of six which means you should not meet in groups of more than six people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors.

Residents should continue to wash hands regularly, practise social distancing, wear a face mask when appropriate and get tested when they have symptoms.

Amanda Jupp, West Sussex County Council cabinet member for adults and health, said: “So far in West Sussex we have seen a relatively low number of cases of coronavirus. However in line with national trends there has been an increase in recent weeks of the number of people who have tested positive.

“It is important we do all we can to keep numbers as low as possible. In line with government guidance, please do not meet in groups of more than six people.

"It is also important to continue to wash your hands regularly, keep socially distanced, wear a face mask where appropriate and get tested when you have symptoms.

“I am very grateful to all residents for their continued efforts to ensure the county remains safe. We have done so well to control the spread of COVID-19 in the county up until now and we are keen to keep it that way to ensure we can #KeepWestSussexSafe.”

The County Council has introduced a traffic light system (green, yellow, amber and red) to keep residents informed about the current rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county.

It lists these as:

Green - Outbreak prevention and containment

Yellow - Raised local alertness

Amber - Raised local concern

Red - National oversight

Visit www.westsussex/gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.