Brighton and Hove City Council has issued a ‘yellow alert’ after the city reported its highest number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic started.

Residents of the city are advised to “step up physical distancing, limit contact between households” and follow the government’s restrictions on groups – the so-called ‘rule of six’.

The council’s newly-introduced traffic light system aims to inform residents of the current spread of confirmed cases and the action required. The four stages are; Green, Yellow, Amber and Red.

59 confirmed cases of covid-19 were reported in the city in the week up to September 10th, up more than 84 percent on the previous week. 21 cases were reported in just 24 hours – the highest single day total recorded.

Although weekly rates of new cases have reached 20.3 per 100,000 people, this remains significantly lower than the average rate for England as a whole, at 32.4.

A weekly public statement from the Public Health Team said the increase has been greatest among 16 to 24 year olds, with many catching the virus at gatherings at friend’s houses and parties.

The statement also advised residents struggling to get tested for coronavirus to “keep trying” if you have symptoms or have been asked to get tested.

The first case of coronavirus in Brighton was reported on February 6th, after a man returned to the city with the virus after travelling from Singapore and a ski resort near Mont Blanc.