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    Video caption: Lockdown rules: Your questions answered

    A third lockdown came into force on 6 January

  2. East Sussex GPs vaccinate care home residents

    Vaccination clinic at care home

    A team of GPs from a surgery near Uckfield are among the first in the South East to vaccinate local care home residents with the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

    While the jabs began in hospitals earlier this week, GP surgeries in the South East had their first doses delivered on Thursday.

    The team from the Meads Medical Centre took the vaccine to Saxon Court care home in Buxted where they vaccinated 20 elderly people and their carers.

    GP Dr Andrew Duckworth said: "To be able to give them the first jab relatively early and to keep them safe is a privilege."

    Practice manager Charlotte Luck and her team worked around the clock on the logistics. She said "it’s a real game changer" for them and "makes everyone feel so much more protected".

    Local NHS bosses say many more GP-led services will go live in the next few days.

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    Video caption: Your Questions answered: The vaccine programme

    The UK has begun the mass roll-out of a Covid-19 vaccination programme.

  4. 'Only call 999 in emergency' - South East ambulance chiefs

    Ambulance officials in the South East are urging people to only call 999 in an emergency amid strong pressure on their service.

    South East Coast Ambulance Service, which covers Kent, Sussex, Surrey and parts of Hampshire, said it was facing "very high demand".

    It comes as the number of new daily confirmed cases of coronavirus topped 60,000 in the UK for the first time since the pandemic began.

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  5. Hastings photography project aims to boost small businesses

    A man stands outside his jellied eel bar
    Image caption: The project aims to help small business get an online presence.

    A music website has turned its attention to independent business owners in a bid to remind people to shop local during the pandemic.

    The Hastings Flyer has been running for the past four years as a music listings and review website.

    But, as music venues close for lockdown, the site has shifted its focus to the many small businesses around Hastings and St Leonards.

    Photographer Sara-Louise Bowrey has been taking a series of portraits of the people who run the town’s shops, hairdressers, pubs and restaurants.

    Website owner, John Bownas, said: “Myself and Sara really felt it was important and worthwhile to let people look into the eyes of the hundreds of people whose passion and determination make Hastings such a vibrant place to shop.

    “Initially this was just a photography project, but it has quickly turned into a mission to make sure every business in Hastings has an online presence - and a human face.”

    The pair have started photographing businesses in Hastings' popular Old Town area, and hope to cover around 700 independent business owners from across the area over the next few months.

    “I’m hugely concerned that lots of established traders will have to throw in the towel over the next few months,” added John.

    “Anything we can all do to help them stay solvent is critical – not just to their livelihoods, but to the character and future of the town.”

    A man stands outside the Anchor Inn in Hastings
    Image caption: Pubs, hairdressers, shops and restaurants will feature in the project
  6. East Sussex NHS suspends home births

    Mother and baby

    The option to give birth at home or at a midwife-led unit in Sussex has been suspended due to the "unprecedented situation" with Covid-19 across the county, expectant mothers have been told.

    The NHS in East Sussex said its ambulance service was under "significant pressure" and whilst it was prioritising urgent 999 calls, including emergency pregnancy issues, response times may be delayed.

    "Giving birth in both in these venues presents a higher degree of risk. The safety of births is our priority, so across Sussex the decision has been made to suspend planned homebirths and births at stand-alone midwife-led units at this time," it said.