Coronavirus: The latest developments in Sussex (Tuesday, 19)

Here’s all the coronavirus related news that’s gone on in Sussex over the last 24 hours.

As of Tuesday (May, 19) at 6am, the following figures are the known number of Covid-19 cases in each district:

Brighton and Hove: 408

East Sussex: 665

West Sussex: 1,276

Total: 2,349

Community Champions

Brighton’s outgoing Mayor, Councillor Alex Phillips, named her ‘community champions’ at the City Council’s meeting last week.

Among them were:

  • Rashida Elghrissat and Sabri Ben Ameur, of the Brighton and Hove Muslim Forum, who helped to provide food and reassurance to migrant families.
  • Laila Rashda, from the Network of International Women, who brought Arabic-speaking women to Rashida Elghrissat and Sabri Ben Ameur for help.
  • Jason Roberts, who has raised money for PPE (personal protective equipment) and delivered the equipment after settking up and organising groups of volunteers while carrying on with his job as a coastguard.
  • Demita and Elaine Harman, from My First Friends Nursery, who delivered food and Easter eggs to children in need and made sure that a disabled neighbour and a key worker working shifts had food.
  • Kushma Massey, 86, who made 25 “thank you” cards for care workers despite having limited vision.


East Sussex County Council said they’ve taken advantage of the quieter roads and repaired more than 6,000 potholes, as well as repairing 185 pavements and clearing 581 drains.

The authority said they’ve also moved forward with six large-scale schemes in Eastbourne and Heathfield.

Drusillas online TV channel

Drusillas wildlife park near Alfriston created a new online TV channel for people to visit during lockdown.

Viewers can take free behind-the-scenes tours involving red pandas, flamingos and saki monkeys.

Weekend update

Police said although there were online flyers advertising mass gatherings in Brighton as a protest against the lockdown, nobody actually showed up.

However, nine fines were issued for people breaching coronavirus restrictions, including five people at a party in Brighton.

There were reports of another kind of protest on Hove seafront on Monday, where people allegedly marched against the lockdown restrictions.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is in the spotlight now more than ever as the public face the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Sussex Resilience Forum says they’re highlighting county-wide services all this week.

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