AN INTERACTIVE map has revealed areas of Sussex which have seen the most coronavirus cases in recent weeks.

The map uses data from Public Health England to show potential virus "hotspots" in the county.

It uses the most recent complete data available, displaying information based on figures collected between September 24 and September 30.

In Sussex the region with the highest number of cases in this period was Coldean and Moulsecoomb North, where there had been 12 positive tests.

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This was the only area in the county to record more than 10 cases during the week.

The county is divided into Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs) which are areas with an average population of 7,200.

The map is updated every weekday.

The areas of Brighton and Hove to have recorded between three and nine cases were:

  • Fiveways - 7
  • Elm Grove and Bear Road - 6
  • Hanover - 6
  • Patcham West and Westdene - 5
  • West Blatchington - 4
  • Withdean Woods - 4
  • Round Hill - 3
  • Hangleton South - 3
  • Goldsmid West - 3

All other areas in the city had two cases or less between September 24 and September 30.

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The MSOAs elswehere in Sussex to record between three and nine cases were:

  • Lewes Central and East - 4
  • Hampden Park South, Eastbourne - 3
  • Hampden Park North, Eastbourne - 4
  • Roselands, Eastbourne - 4
  • Hailsham Central and East - 3
  • Old Hastings - 8
  • Ore - 7
  • Westfield, Fairlight and Broad Oak - 3
  • Rye and Winchelsea - 3
  • Haywards Heath South and Cuckfield - 3
  • Steyning and Upper Beeding - 4
  • Broadwater West, Worthing - 3
  • Goring - 3
  • Littlehampton West and River - 3
  • Rustington North - 3
  • Wick and Toddington - 3
  • Felpham - 3
  • Hawthorn Road, Bognor - 4
  • North Bersted, Bognor - 4
  • Westergate, Eastergate and Walberton, near Bognor - 3
  • Nyetimber and Pagham - 3
  • Wittering and Birdham - 5
  • Southborne, Bosham and Thorney - 3
  • Horsham South, Mannings Heath and Nuthurst - 4
  • West Chiltington Common, near Pulborough - 3
  • Bewbush, Crawley - 3
  • Southgate, Crawley - 3
  • Maidenbower East and Worth, Crawley - 3
  • Three Bridges - 3

In comparison, higher figures can be seen in northern areas of the UK such as Burnley, Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool.

In Kirkby North West, near Liverpool, there were 45 cases in the most recent week of data and in Lowdham, Bleasby and Gunthorpe, near Nottingham, there were 53.

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There are currently local lockdowns in place in many of these areas to control a spike in the number of cases.

But health chiefs in Brighton and Hove say the city is "a long way from local lockdown".

The announcement from Alistair Hill, the city’s director of public health, made the announcement last Thursday after it was revealed that the city's coronavirus figures had fallen fro the third week in a row.

There were 31 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the city in the seven days leading up to September 26, a drop from 47 the previous week and 59 cases the week before that.

This means that Brighton and Hove’s current weekly rate of new cases is 10.7 per 100,000 residents, far lower than England’s rate of 57.6 per 100,000.

However, Brighton and Hove City Council said it would be maintaining its yellow Covid-19 alert status due to the possibility a lack of access to testing could have skewed the latest figures.

The Argus:

The authority said the figures available could be unreliable due to residents’ recent difficulties in booking tests, with some people told to travel as far afield as Wales and the Isle of Wight to visit a testing centre.

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Mr Hill said: "Brighton and Hove is still a long way from a local lockdown as seen in other parts of the country. But we must all keep playing our part to stop the virus from spreading.

“It’s good to see that this week the number of cases among young people is coming down. But we know a lot of transmission is occurring within households, between family members or flatmates.

"We’re asking everyone who has Covid symptoms to seek a test and self-isolate for 10 days from the first day the symptoms start.

“If one person in a household has symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19, the whole household must self-isolate for 14 days – even if they don’t have symptoms.

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“If you have symptoms (or have had a positive result), try and stay as far away from other members of your household as possible. It is especially important to stay away from anyone you share a household with who is clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable.

"People also need to self-isolate for 14 days if one of their support bubble has symptoms or tests positive, or they are asked to by NHS Test and Trace.

“We know this will be difficult for many people as they cannot leave home for any reason, even to buy food or collect a prescription.

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“It can also be a lonely and anxious time. We are making help available for anyone who is having difficulty while self-isolation through our Community Hub.

“The resources available range from emergency help accessing food to financial and well being advice.”

You can see the interactive map HERE.