Mobile Covid-19 testing site in Pelham Place car park, Hastings. 6/1/20 SUS-210601-094507001

Testing centre opens in Hastings while town records county’s second-highest rate of infection

A Covid-19 mobile testing centre has opened in Hastings – on the same day the town recorded the second-highest rate of infections in Sussex.

Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 2:47 pm

The testing centre opened in Pelham Place car park, Hastings, this morning (Wednesday, January 6), and will remain in place until Friday (January 8). To book a test, click here.

In the latest figures released by Public Health England, Hastings recorded a further 107 cases in the past 24 hours. This was a slight drop from the day before when 163 cases were reported. As a result, the town’s weekly infection rate is 801.8 cases per 100,000 people.

In Crawley, the infection rate stands at 840.7 per 100,000 people after 945 cases were reported there this week.

Eastbourne has the third highest rate of infection – 727.7 per 100,000 people – after reporting 755 cases in a week, according to Public Health England.

In Rother, the rate of infection is 631.8 cases per 100,000 people. There have been 607 reported cases in the district in the past week.

Hastings, which had reported the highest rate of infections across the county for much of the past two months, is the only area in Sussex to be reporting a decrease in the rate of cases in the whole of Sussex. In the week to Christmas Day, Hastings recorded a rate 961.6 cases per 100,000 people.

As a result of a sudden increase of cases in December, Hastings and Rother were originally the only places in Sussex to enter Tier 3 restrictions. They were then placed in Tier 4 just before Christmas, a week ahead of the rest of Sussex, following an outbreak of a new variant of coronavirus across the South East.

The whole country was then placed into a national lockdown which was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday (January 4).

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