WEEKLY UPDATE 26 February 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年2月26日

WEEKLY UPDATE 26 February 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年2月26日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: Covid alert level reduced to 4 The four Chief Medical Officers for the UK have announced that the number of people going to hospital has reduced so there is no longer a risk of the NHS being overwhelmed. The Covid Alert Level has been reduced to 4.   Restrictions remain in place until the Roadmap out of Lockdown begins – see below.  II: ‘The roadmap out of lockdown’    The roadmap out of lockdown was published on Monday.   Restrictions will be lifted in 4 stages (stage 1 is in two parts), commencing 8th March and finishing 21st June.  Each stage will only be implemented if 4 tests are satisfied:  Test 1 The vaccination programme is on schedule Test 2 Hospitalisations and deaths are reduced Test 3 The NHS…
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WEEKLY UPDATE 19 February 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年2月19日

WEEKLY UPDATE 19 February 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年2月19日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: ‘The roadmap out of lockdown’  In December, the Government said it would publish the ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ on Monday 22nd February.  Boris Johnson PM has stated that he will be guided by data, not dates.  NHS Providers – a membership body of NHS organisations – has set out 4 tests that it says must be met in order for lockdown to be eased:  Case numbers and the R number must drop significantly NHS capacity must return to levels where it can treat all patients  All top 9 priority groups must be vaccinated (projected by end of May) The Government must have a strategy to identify and control future outbreaks  http://bit.ly/3az0g4I II: Vaccination programme  Over 65’s  If you are aged 65+ you should receive your vaccination invitation from the…
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WEEKLY UPDATE 11 February 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年2月11日

WEEKLY UPDATE 11 February 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年2月11日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
You are receiving this week’s Covid-19 Update early as it is Chinese New Year; we will be closed on Friday 12th February.   Birmingham’s CNY street festival cannot go ahead this year but the Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham have risen to the challenge once again and organised a Facebook Live event for Friday evening http://bit.ly/CNY2021-FacebookLiveFestival Additionally, Birmingham’s Hippodrome Theatre has commissioned a programme of short films celebrating CNY http://bit.ly/CNY2021-HippodromeDigiFest Watch BCFC Chair James Wong introduce the film programme: https://youtu.be/ECfZv77aESg New Year Greeting from Anna Yim , CEO of Chinese Community Centre Birmingham : ‘‘ I hope you are all staying well and safe; it has been an extraordinary year for all of us. Despite all difficulties, we will celebrate our New Year and wishing you a healthy, safe and wonderful Ox  year. ’’…
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WEEKLY UPDATE 5 February 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年2月5日

WEEKLY UPDATE 5 February 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年2月5日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: South African variant in South Birmingham Two cases of the South African variant of the Covid-19 virus have been detected in South Birmingham -the two households are part of the same extended family.  It is believed the SA variant has a higher transmission rate but there is currently no evidence that it is more dangerous than the original version.  Birmingham Director for Public Health Dr Justin Varney says: ‘Don’t panic, but don’t take risks’ http://bit.ly/3oSifaa II: Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine reduces transmission Research results indicate that the Oxford vaccine may reduce transmission of Covid-19, as well as treating disease.   https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55913913 The research has not been through peer review yet so official guidance remains to ‘treat everyone else as if they have the virus, and act as if you have…
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WEEKLY UPDATE 29 January 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年1月29日

WEEKLY UPDATE 29 January 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年1月29日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: The roadmap out of lockdown  The Government has announced that it will be publishing its ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ in the week beginning 22nd February – this should include plans for re-opening schools, the economy and society.  As they have already pledged to give headteachers at least 2 weeks notice to help them prepare, the earliest date parents/guardians can expect schools to re-open is 8th March.  This is not definite – it confirms that schools will not reopen before this date.  The easing of restrictions will depend on the vaccination programme, case rates, hospitalisations, Covid-related deaths and other relevant data https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55828952 II: New travel restrictions Mandatory hotel quarantine  The Government has stated that travellers arriving from high risk countries – South Africa, South America and Portugal – will be…
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WEEKLY UPDATE 22 January 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年1月22日

WEEKLY UPDATE 22 January 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年1月22日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: Mobile test centre in Chinatown We helped organise the mobile testing unit that opened in Southside this week. Originally planned to be in the Arcadian, it was moved to the area outside the Hippodrome. It is there until Sunday 31st January.  Credit: Southside District  Note that you should pre-book – there is no guarantee you will get a test if you turn up without an appointment.  Details on the flyer below.  II: Vaccination invitation letter to people aged 70 People aged 70+ should receive a letter or call 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…
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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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