WITH coronavirus cases in Brighton and Hove almost tripling in a week, do you think more needs to be done to prevent the spread of infection in the city?

Yesterday, director of public health Alistair Hill warned residents they will need to make "extra efforts or risk a local lockdown".

His statement came after a sharp spike in cases in the city.

In the week leading up to October 1 there were 115 confirmed new Covid-19 cases in the city, compared to 39 cases the week before.

The Argus:

Mr Hill said some of this increase could be explained by increased testing in Brighton and Hove, with the introduction of a new walk-in test-site at East Brighton Park late last month.

"However, this does not explain all the increase that we have seen," he said.

"In common with most areas in the country, it is likely that the data shows infection rates are on the rise."

Brighton Pavilion Green MP Caroline Lucas has called for "more transparency" on the government's criteria for which areas will be placed under local lockdown.

She said: "If we are asking people to restrict their lives further, they need to know why those decisions are being made.

The Argus:

"It’s a basic issue of public trust, which has been sorely lacking in recent months. 

"We're now left in a position where residents in the city are at risk of restrictions if case numbers continue to climb."

With the recent rise in cases, do you think Brighton and Hove should be placed under local lockdown to stop the further spread of infection?