THERE were 88 new cases of coronavirus confirmed across Sussex over the bank holiday weekend.

Between Friday and 9am yesterday morning there were 13 new cases recorded in Brighton and Hove, according to official figures from Public Health England.

It brings the total number of cases recorded in the city since the pandemic hit to 14,565.

The rate of infection in Brighton and Hove stands at 15.1 per 100,000 population, based on the most recent figures, for the seven days up to April 29.  

In East Sussex there were 28 more cases confirmed over the period.

It means there has now been a total of 30,606 cases in the county.

West Sussex saw the number of new cases increase by 47, bringing its total to 41,960.

The 88 cases across Sussex were among the 677 new cases recorded across the South East.

There has now been a total of 540,750 cases in the region.

Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died. Cases identified through a positive lateral flow test will no longer be counted if the person then takes a PCR test, which is sent to a lab to be checked, and receives a negative result within three days.

Nationally the number of recorded cases increased by 7,173 over the period, to 4,423,796.

Yesterday there were four more Covid-19 deaths recorded across the UK, within 28 days of a positive test. It brings the total death toll to 127,543.