Coronavirus: The latest developments in Sussex (Thursday, 26 March)

All the latest developments across the county.

As of Thursday (March, 26) at 7am the following figures are the known number of Covid-19 cases in each district:

Brighton and Hove: 25
East Sussex: 22
West Sussex: 57

Brighton & Hove Albion start a trend

Brighton and Hove Albion announced yesterday (Wednesday, 25) that they are ring fencing at least 1000 tickets for front line NHS workers to say thank you.

They’ve urged other clubs to follow suit, and Bournemouth have already said they’re keen to do the same.

Read more here.

Oaklands Nursing Home

During the last PMQs yesterday, Hove MP Peter Kyle addressed problems that are facing Oaklands Nursing Home in Hove.

Kyle said the home requested test kits after a number of residents began to show symptoms, including a 94-year-old woman.

They were left waiting 10 days for a test kit and are still awaiting more.

Kyle added that staff at the care home were pleading for protective gear, which they had not received.

Biggest overnight jump

Yesterday saw the biggest overnight jump of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Sussex.

Numbers almost doubled, moving from 56 to 98.

There was a gentler rise over the last 24 hours, currently the figure stands at 104.

Fire safety checks are conducted by phone

All chief fire officers say the full 999 service continues, while most
fire safety checks are conducted by phone.

Social distancing

Sussex Police said they’re seeing people practicing good social distancing in
parks in Newhaven, Saltdean and Seaford.

‘Foreshore service’

Chichester District Council said it’s ‘foreshore service’ of advice for
people using Bracklesham Bay is suspended.

Flowers 

Key workers across the county are now being treated with flowers.

Dental nurses and receptionists at Mydentist in Bognor were given bouquets of flowers by Morrison’s.

Tesco Holmbush also donated flowers to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Applause

Last, but not least, we would like to invite you to join us, and the nation, at 8 o’clock this evening in opening your windows and clapping for our NHS!

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