THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in Brighton and Hove increased by 81 over the last 24 hours, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 1,813 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am yesterday in the city, up from 1,732 the same time on Tuesday.

The rate of infection in the city is now 623 cases per 100,000 people, below the England average of 1,190.

Brighton and Hove was not the only area in Sussex to record a considerable increase.

West Sussex saw the greatest 24-hour rise with a further 116 cases reported, taking the area’s total number of people to have tested positive for Covid-19 to 4,635.

In East Sussex, 73 more more coronavirus cases were diagnosed in the 24 hours leading up to 9am on yesterday.

There have now been 2,714 in the region.

The UK government reported an increase of 26,688 coronavirus cases reported in the 24 hours before 9am on Wednesday.

There have now been 789,229 cases across the nation.

There was also a rise in the number of deaths of people within 28 days of them having tested positive for Covid-19.

In the day leading up to 5pm on Tuesday there were 191 further confirmed fatalities, taking the total to 44,158.

Government figures revealed there have been 58,164 deaths with Covid-19 on the death certificate in the UK.