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Brighton lockdown fears: Seaside resort ‘high risk’ of being ‘hotspot’ for COVID outbreak

Ms Lucas added: “It is hugely important that people visiting Brighton and Hove are able to do so safely, that public safety isn’t compromised by social distancing not being possible and that visitor numbers do not undermine the safety and freedoms of local residents.”

Fears about a spike in cases in Brighton rose after an analytical website, Deckzero, calculated the R number, or reproductive rate of COVID-19, to be 1.68 at the end of May.

If accurate, that would mean each infected person would on average go on to infect 1.68 others, resulting in a rise in community transmission.

However, speaking last month, Alistair Hill, director of public health for Brighton and Hove City Council, cautioned against reading too much into the analysis, pointing out it was based on a rise in confirmed cases of eight, from 10 to 18.

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