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Coronavirus statistical update: Have the five tests been met?

Further easing of the lockdown which the government introduced today is running into opposition from within the expert circles on which it claims its policy-making is based. To what extent do the latest statistics show that the five tests put forward by prime minister Boris Johnson for deciding that restrictions can be eased are being met? Nick Terdre takes a look.

Posted 16:39 Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: Boris Johnson coronavirus Nick Terdre

Tories and HBC at odds over relaxing restrictions

While local Tories call for restrictions to be relaxed, and toilets and tennis courts to be reopened, the Labour-dominated council says such facilities will stay shut for the time being and urge visitors to stay away. On 1 June the government is partially easing the lockdown. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 18:37 Saturday, May 30, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: Colin Fitzgerald Kim Forward lockdown Nick Terdre Rob Lee tennis courts toilets Tories

How to take a Covid-19 test

HOT’s Erica Smith recently drove to Brighton and Hove Albion football ground in order to take a Covid-19 test. She thought it might be useful to others to share her experience.

Posted 19:44 Thursday, May 28, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: covid-19 drive through research self-test Talk to ZOE throat swab tracker

Hastings community creates food safety net for residents in need

Hastings Voluntary Action recently released the following press release applauding the efforts of a number of local community groups, who have united in order to feed those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted 10:38 In: Covid-19 Tags: community Hastings Emergency Food Response Group Hastings Voluntary Action heart

Testing facilities improve but testing statistics still confuse

Life for key workers living locally who need testing for coronavirus has been made easier by the opening of a drive-through testing centre in Bexhill. Meanwhile the government is to provide funding to local authorities as it prepares to move into test-and-trace operations. However, the true testing capacity appears to a lot less than the government claims. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 10:22 Wednesday, May 27, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: Healthcare Trust Matt Hancock Nadine Dorries nhs test-and-trace

Coronavirus statistical update: Numbers falling but R value needs to be reduced

While key parameters, including number of new cases and deaths, continue to show improvement, the reproduction rate, or R value, is not favourable for a move to a more relaxed alert level. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 10:06 Sunday, May 24, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: coronavirus Nick Terdre statistics

Lockdown brings tough times for Hastings’ business sector

How is Hastings’ business sector doing during the coronavirus emergency? Are companies managing to access the support offered by the government? Is it enough to guarantee their survival in what is shaping up to be the worst recession in the last 300 years? Nick Terdre spoke to Sean Dennis, director of the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and chief executive officer of Let’s Do Business Group.

Posted 13:50 Friday, May 22, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: Business chamber of commerce furlough Let's Do Business lockdown Nick Terdre Sean Dennis

Coronavirus statistical update: UK heads the death toll in Europe but East Sussex numbers remain low

As the coronavirus works its way towards peak effect, HOT is providing a regular update of the statistics for our region and the country provided by the public health authorities and other official sources. Latest figures show that the UK now has the highest death toll in Europe, though East Sussex, in both number of cases and deaths, remains relatively unscathed.

Posted 21:35 Wednesday, May 6, 2020 In: Covid-19 Tags: coronavirus Nick Terdre Russell Hall
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