The number of new coronavirus cases has continued to surge in Brighton and Hove, rising by 65 per cent in the latest week for which figures are available.
The number of confirmed covid-19 cases went up 3,142 in the seven days to Saturday (18 December) from 1,905 in the previous seven-day period.
The rate of new cases was 1,077 for every 100,000 people, compared with 653 in the previous week.
It was the 76th highest rate out of 377 local areas in the UK, according to the government figures.
And the rate appeared to be climbing further, with 598 more cases confirmed yesterday over the previous 24-hour period.
No new coronavirus deaths were recorded in the latest 24-hour period in Brighton and Hove.
There were 32 patients in the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, with the virus but none in the neighbouring Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital.
Of those in the Royal Sussex, five or fewer were in intensive care or high dependency beds.
The latest figures show that 199,102 people in Brighton and Hove had received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine by Tuesday (21 December) – 69 per cent of those aged 12 and over.
Across England, 82 per cent of people aged 12 and above had received a second dose of the jab.
And 108,413 people in Brighton and Hove had had a booster jab or third dose by Monday – at least 37 per cent of those aged 12 and over.