The impact of COVID-19 on Brighton and Hove: a statistical evaluation

Since the coronavirus was recognised as a global pandemic, and particularly since lockdown was announced in England on 23 March, we have been presented with an ever-increasing amount of data describing the impacts of the virus (COVID-19).
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What does this data say about the impacts for our city and its residents? What are transmission rates like in in our city, and how many people have sadly died, directly or indirectly, from the virus? Have certain areas of the city been more affected than others? Which groups have been adversely affected, if any? And what has been the impact on our local hospitals and social care services?

In an attempt to answer these questions, Healthwatch Brighton and Hove has examined a range of published data examining the wider health and societal impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Executive summary of statistical data: July 2020


  • As at the 15 July, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city stood at 779 (out of a local population of 290,885). This is based on tests conducted in both NHS and commercial laboratory settings. Data source: UK Government


  • As at the 3 July, the number of deaths where COVID19 was mentioned on the death certificate, stood at 158. The total number of deaths (any cause up to 3 July) in the city as this date was 1,169. Data source: Office for National Statistics
  • Separate data on the number of deaths occurring in the period 1 March to 31 May 2020, indicates that the Woodingdean area recorded the highest number of deaths within the city, with 14 deaths. – Data source: Office for National Statistics


  • As at 15 July, 147 deaths were registered of patients who had sadly died in hospitals within the Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust. These are patients who had tested positive for COVID-19. Data source: NHS England
  • Separate data has predicted where residents of the city are at highest risk of hospitalisation from COVID19. The data suggests areas such as Saltdean, Woodingdean, Mile Oak, Westdene and Hove seafront. Data source: Oxford University


  • As at 9 July, 44 care homes in Brighton and Hove had reported a suspected or confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 to Public Health England. There are 92 care homes in our city. There is no indication of whether the reported outbreaks were confirmed, are still active or have been resolved. Data source: UK Government


You can download the report here. If you need it in a different format, please contact us at or 01273 234 041.

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