Covid-19 Monthly Update November – 每月疫情更新2021年11月

Covid-19 Monthly Update November – 每月疫情更新2021年11月

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: Latest Covid update In the past week a heavily mutated Covid variant has been identified, rapidly labelled a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization and named Omicron. Eleven cases of the Omicron variant have been found in the UK so far. It is unclear how big a threat it poses. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said it could be the most infectious variant so far. What we know is Omicron has mutations that theoretically help it to spread more quickly and there is mounting evidence of that happening in South Africa.  The Government's response is to test everyone coming into the UK, isolate all Omicron contacts, ramp up boosting and bring back compulsory face masks in some public places. The government has been focusing on the pressure on…
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Covid-19 Monthly Update October – 每月疫情更新2021年10月

Covid-19 Monthly Update October – 每月疫情更新2021年10月

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: Roadmap  Infection levels have been rising recently. So far The Government have no agenda to move to its stricter Plan B. The Government’s current focus is to offer booster jabs and get more young people, including 12-15 year olds, vaccinated.  What could trigger Plan B? No single event or set of figures would necessarily trigger Plan B, but the government said it would monitor: hospitalisations rapid rates of change in figures the overall state of the NHS Key messages from the Cabinet Office webinar 21st Oct.  Following safer key behaviours to tackle COVID-19 is vital as winter approaches. Get your booster jab as soon as you can, if eligible.. Myths about the vaccine programme can be misleading and undermine the effort to tackle COVID-19. Let people know the facts.…
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Covid-19 Monthly Update September – 每月疫情更新2021年9月

Covid-19 Monthly Update September – 每月疫情更新2021年9月

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
I: Roadmap  With summer over and people returning to work and school, contact levels may rise and those contacts may increasingly be indoors, where the virus spreads more easily. The government published the Winter Plan on 22nd Wednesday. Their approach in England is going to try to rely almost entirely on the vaccines to protect the country from Covid this winter.  Plan A Continuing rollout of vaccines, including the boosters and jabs for children Plan BThis includes greater use of face coverings, Covid passports and working from home orders - a "lockdown lite" as it has been dubbed. The government is try to find a balance that "maximises risk reduction while minimising the impacts on our lives" Plan B The measures may not seem that significant considering the nature of lockdowns previously,…
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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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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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WEEKLY UPDATE 20 NOVEMBER 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年11月20日

WEEKLY UPDATE 20 NOVEMBER 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年11月20日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
This week’s Covid Community Champions Briefing focused on education settings, especially schools.  Key messages and reminders:  Many of the cases found in schools are due to household mixing outside of school hours especially birthday parties and playdates Schools are open because they are Covid-secure; most private homes do not have the same rigorous processes for removing or reducing risk of transmission, therefore the ban on households socially mixing indoors is in force.  Birmingham Public Health team recommend the Germdefence tool, developed by universities to help reduce viral infections https://www.germdefence.org/ If a parent tests positive, all other household members must self-isolate for 14 days.  The 14 day period starts from the day you experience your first symptoms OR the day you take a test if you are asymptomatic.   Children must…
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WEEKLY UPDATE 6 NOVEMBER 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年11月6日

WEEKLY UPDATE 6 NOVEMBER 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年11月6日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
The 3 Tier Alert system has been suspended and replaced with a set of national restrictions lasting 5.11.2020 - 2.12.2020.  The key points are:  1) You must stay at home except for  Work – if you cannot work from home  Education and childcare Shopping for essentials  Exercise  Medical appointments  2) Indoors including private gardens, outbuildings eg sheds You must not mix with people who are not part of your household or support bubble Exceptions  You may go into someone else’s residence  To carry out emergency work (eg electricians, plumbers)  For childcare  For provision of care to a vulnerable person  To visit as a volunteer To assist someone to escape injury or harm 3) Outdoors You may go out for daily exercise or to visit public places (for example parks, canals)…
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WEEKLY UPDATE 2 NOVEMBER 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年11月2日

WEEKLY UPDATE 2 NOVEMBER 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年11月2日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
On Saturday night, the Prime Minister announced a national ‘lockdown’, starting Thursday 5th November, ending Wednesday 2nd December. The 3 Tier Alert system has been temporarily suspended.  Parliament still has to approve the new restrictions but here are the key headlines:  1) You must stay at home except for  Work – if you cannot work from home  Education and childcare Shopping for essentials  Exercise  Medical appointments  2) Indoors including private gardens You must not mix with people outside your household or support bubble Exceptions  You may go into someone else’s residence  To carry out emergency work (eg electricians, plumbers) For childcare  For provision of care to a vulnerable person  To visit as a volunteer To assist someone to escape injury or harm 3) Outdoors  Your household may go out for…
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Birmingham City Council Education Department Question Time – 华人家长与伯明翰市政府教育部门官员对话

Birmingham City Council Education Department Question Time – 华人家长与伯明翰市政府教育部门官员对话

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Officers from Birmingham Councils' Education Department have kindly agreed to meet parents to answer their concerns around schools and support for parents, especially those who wish to home-school during the pandemic. The meeting will be conducted in English with a Mandarin interpreter.  伯明翰市政府教育部门的官员非常乐意与家长朋友们在网上会面,以解答家长们就疫情期间有关学校的问题,政府的相关信息和支持,以及有关在疫情期间能否让孩子在家教学等问题。   会议将以英语与普通话翻译的形式进行。 Meeting ID/会议ID号: 7755648372   Zoom link /会议链接: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7755648372
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WEEKLY UPDATE 4 SEPTEMBER 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年9月4日

WEEKLY UPDATE 4 SEPTEMBER 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年9月4日

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, News
Weekly Update:  4th Sept 2020 Public Health Chief Dr Justin Varney states the next few days will be vital in determining whether or not Birmingham could avoid local lockdown. Speaking during a Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 1st Sept, Dr Justin Varney revealed that the case rate in Birmingham has 'stagnated', with the percentage of positive tests rising.  Read in full As schools across England and Wales are reopening this week, Birmingham Live shares helpful ways for parents to keep their child's school uniform free from coronavirus Since Covid-19 can linger on fabrics for up to three days, establishing a safe washing routine is essential. Public Health Chief Dr Justin Varney warns parents most likely to catch coronavirus at the school gates He said parents will…
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