WEEKLY UPDATE 26 March 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年3月26日

WEEKLY UPDATE 26 March 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年3月26日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: The Roadmap Out Of Lockdown  The ‘stay at home’ order will be lifted on Monday 29th March although you are advised to stay local. If all goes well, Step 2 will be triggered on Monday 12th April Remember: each step 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 is not overwhelmed by a surge of new cases Test 4 New variants of concern can be adequately managed If these tests are not met, we will not move to the next stage. Therefore, it is advisable to wait before you book holidays abroad as restrictions could continue beyond…
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WEEKLY UPDATE 19 March 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年3月19日

WEEKLY UPDATE 19 March 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年3月19日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: Vaccination programme hits a bump in the road out of lockdown     NEW People aged 50-55 received Covid vaccination invitations this week. The Government is 2 weeks ahead of schedule.  However, due to a supply issue, people under 50 must wait until May before receiving their first jabs.  Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that everyone in the first wave (priority groups 1-9) will receive their second jab by mid-April as it must be given within 12 weeks of the first vaccination. The schedule now looks like this:  When might people receive their first vaccine dose? All adults should be vaccinated by the end of July.  You will be contacted by the NHS Vaccination Centre or your GP surgery.  The vaccination is free, and only available via the…
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WEEKLY UPDATE 12 March 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年3月12日

WEEKLY UPDATE 12 March 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年3月12日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: Vaccination programme continues to roll out… I:II People aged 56+ You will be contacted by the NHS Vaccination Centre or your GP surgery.  The vaccination is free, and only available via the NHS in the UK. Any vaccinations being advertised by private clinics or on the internet may be fake and not approved by the official regular MHRA. You may be risking your health and wasting your money if you book a private vaccination.  I:II Carers  If you are an informal carer not receiving Carers Allowance, make sure your GP knows you are caring for someone who is clinically vulnerable.  Rachel – DHSC message is a cropped screenshot – let me know if you need the original  II: ‘The roadmap out of lockdown’ Step 1 (Part 1) of the…
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WEEKLY UPDATE 5 March 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年3月5日

WEEKLY UPDATE 5 March 2021 – 每周疫情快讯 2021年3月5日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: ‘The roadmap out of lockdown’ (Applies to England only) Step 1 (Part 1) of the roadmap out of lockdown comes into effect on Monday; Part 2 of Step 1 is scheduled to start three weeks later.  Each step 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 is not overwhelmed by a surge of new cases Test 4 New variants of concern can be adequately managed The Government will give 7 days’ notice whether or not the tests are met and we will move to the next stage. If these tests are not met, we will not move to the next stage.  Therefore, it is advisable to wait before you…
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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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