WEEKLY UPDATE 15 January 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年1月15日

WEEKLY UPDATE 15 January 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年1月15日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: Vaccination invitation letter 7 Mass Vaccination Centres opened across the country this week.  Birmingham has a centre at Millenium Point in Digbeth.  People aged 80+ should receive a letter inviting them to book an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccination.  The letter may come from their GP or the National Booking System.   Birmingham & Solihull CCG have created a website to provide information and answer questions –  https://www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/ We have taken information from various local Public Health and NHS sources and put key points here:  You can choose whether to have your vaccination at Millenium Point or your GP surgery The Government has ordered 3 vaccines: Pfizer, AstroZeneca (‘Oxford’ vaccine), and Moderna You cannot choose which vaccine you get Vaccination is not compulsory but the NHS and Public Health…
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WEEKLY UPDATE 8 January 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年1月8日

WEEKLY UPDATE 8 January 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年1月8日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: National lockdown England has been placed into lockdown again. A summary table is below.  Other key points:  A free school meal system will be maintained for children from low income families The Government has pledged to provide devices and equipment to support learning for pupils from low income families  School exams have been cancelled for this year. The Education Secretary has confirmed that exams will be replaced with teacher assessments.  It is now against the law to leave home unless you have a specified reason. You can be fined for breaching the law.  Fines start at £200.  The new restrictions apply until the end of March, although they may be eased if the situation improves before then.  II: Pandemic alert system  The measures taken by the Government are driven…
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Covid-19 News Flash – 新冠疫情新闻快讯 31/12/2020

Covid-19 News Flash – 新冠疫情新闻快讯 31/12/2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: Tier 4 The Government today confirmed that Birmingham will move into Tier 4 at 00:01 tomorrow morning (Thursday 31st December).  Key changes:    II: Schools re-opening  Secondary schools Secondary schools will open as follows:  4th January – open for vulnerable children and children of key workers only 11th January – Years 11 & 13 (exam years) return  18th January – all other years  Primary schools  Primary schools will reopen on Monday 4th January. Universities  Only students who need to attend physical classes involving practical tasks in order to gain qualifications will return in January.  Schools and universities will introduce lateral flow tests.  III: AstroZeneca ‘Oxford’ vaccine approved  The Government approved the Oxford vaccine today. Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Jonathan Van-Tam states that the Pfizer and Oxford…
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End of year Christmas message

End of year Christmas message

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Watch this special end-of-year Christmas message from our Chair Dr Yeow Poon to our members (old & new), partners, sponsors, donors, funders -all our friends & supporters 🎄 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZu2UGfpC9g&feature=youtu.be
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WEEKLY UPDATE 23 December 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年12月23日

WEEKLY UPDATE 23 December 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年12月23日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: Christmas Bubbles – Revised  Covid-19 has a new variant. All viruses mutate so change was predictable and is nothing new.  According to Birmingham Director of Public Health Dr Justin Varney, there is currently no evidence that the effects of the new variant are worse or that the vaccine won’t work against it. However it appears to be highly transmissible.  The growth rate is doubling every 7 days in London/South East where 60-70% of cases are of the new variant.  For this reason the Government introduced a new Tier 4 which applies to London/South East from 20.12.2020.  In Tiers 1-3, changes have been made to the Christmas Bubbles policy. Although 3 households (+ their existing support bubbles) can still form a Christmas Bubble, they can now only meet on Christmas…
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WEEKLY UPDATE 18 December 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年12月18日

WEEKLY UPDATE 18 December 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年12月18日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: Restrictions  I.I Tier review Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed Birmingham remains in Tier 3   I:II Christmas Bubble The Government has issued guidance that will apply to the 5-day Christmas Bubble period. We have inserted this into our Christmas period table.  PM Johnson stressed that 3 households mixing for 5 days are maximum limits, not targets; he urged people to do the minimum possible in order to reduce transmission. He also advised people to start reducing their contacts 5 days before Christmas ie from this weekend.  Restrictions 17.12.2020 – 27.12.2020 The Tiers will be reviewed every 14 days - the first review took place on 16.12.2020. For a 5 day period over Christmas, the Tiers will be lifted and replaced with the ‘Christmas Bubble’ system.  What happens from…
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WEEKLY UPDATE 11 December 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年12月11日

WEEKLY UPDATE 11 December 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年12月11日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: Vaccine update I.I Covid-19 vaccinations start to roll out The first Covid-19 vaccine was adminstered this week to 90 year old Margaret Keenan at University Hospital Coventry  https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-hospital-covid-19-vaccine-19417389 I.II Allergic reactions People with a history of strong allergic reactions are advised not to have the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55244122 At a glance guide to the priority order for vaccination set out by the Government:  Detailed Government information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-why-you-are-being-asked-to-wait/why-you-have-to-wait-for-your-covid-19-vaccine?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine has been produced in large blocks, can be moved a maximum of 4 times and must be stored below  minus-70°C.  As  care homes cannot provide the storage facilities, the programme has changed so that the first group to receive the vaccination has been older people aged 80+ who are going to hospital as outpatients or who are…
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