CORONAVIRUS cases in Brighton and Hove have dropped for the second week in a row.

In the seven days up to September 16, there were 724 confirmed new cases of Covid-19 in the city - down 18 per cent on the previous seven days.

It means the city now has a weekly rate of 247.8 per 100,000 residents, lower than the South East at 259.8 per 100,000 and lower than the rate for England at 308.3 per 100,000.

However, despite the continued drop in cases, Brighton and Hove City Council warned the presence of the virus "remains too high for comfort."

A spokesman said: "Vaccinations are proving to be the best way to stay safe and healthy so we can all continue to enjoy life as normal.

"They are highly effective in preventing hospital admission and serious illness.

"If you haven’t started to get vaccinated yet, please don’t put it off any longer.

"This week the Government has extended the vaccination programme to include 12 to 15 year old children. Schools will contact parents with more details of vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds.

"Booster vaccinations will also be made available for vulnerable people and older age groups.

"The NHS will contact adults who are eligible for a booster vaccination with details of where and when they can get it.

"There are many places to get vaccinated in Brighton and Hove.

"Everyone over the age of 16 can walk-in or book ahead to be vaccinated at the Churchill Square vaccination centre, seven days a week between 8.30 in the morning to 7 in the evening.

"Walk-in vaccination appointments are also available at mobile and pop-up vaccination clinics, Brighton Racecourse and some pharmacies around the city.

"Locations, dates and times of all the places where you can get your first and second jabs in Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas are listed on the Sussex Health and Care website."

It comes as travelling is set to be made cheaper and more straightforward for doubled-jabbed holidaymakers under a shake-up of coronavirus rules.

The green and amber lists are expected to be merged to form one category of low-risk countries while the number of destinations on the red list will be reduced.

There is also speculation that fully vaccinated arrivals will no longer need to take a pre-departure lateral flow test or a post-arrival PCR test.

This would save travellers around £100 per trip.