Welcome to your Friday round-up of this week’s Covid-19 related top stories and some insightful statistics. We hope you’re continuing to stay safe and positive in these challenging times. From must-read headlines to trending stories, we have handpicked them so you don’t miss what’s important from the past seven days.
Some useful statistics:
- The number of deaths involving COVID-19 continued to decrease across all English regions.
- The number of deaths involving COVID-19 registered in England and Wales in the week ending 5 June 2020 (Week 23) was 1,588, accounting for 14.8% of all deaths in that week, and 234 deaths lower than the previous week.
- People aged 90 years and over continued to have the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Week 23.
- Of all deaths involving COVID-19 registered up to Week 23, 63.7% occurred in hospital with the remainder mainly occurring in care homes (29.6%), private homes (4.5%) and hospices (1.4%).
- As of 9am 18 June, there have been 7,259,555 tests, with 136,516 tests on 17 June.
300,469 total number of lab-confirmed UK cases.
- As of 5pm on 17 June, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 42,288 have sadly died.
- Total cases in Birmingham is 3327, approximately 291 per 100,000 people.
(Data last updated Thur 18 Jun)
- Total deaths in hospitals in the West Midlands is 2363, as of 17 June.
Covid-19 Alert Levels in England:
- Latest R number range for the UK
0.7-0.9 (Last updated on Friday 12 June 2020)
- The current alert level has been downgraded from 4 to 3, indicating that the virus is “in general circulation – social distancing relaxed”.
- How does the Covid-19 system work? Read more here
Lockdown Ease and drug breakthrough:
- This week on Monday 15 June, shops in England selling non-essential goods reopen for the first time in almost three months, with retailers introducing strict safety measures.
- The low-dose steroid treatment Dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus – the first life-saving drug proves to help save the lives of patients seriously ill with coronavirus. It cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut deaths by a fifth.
- As lockdown restrictions are eased further, people can now set up support bubbles. Single adults living alone – or single parents whose children are under 18 – can form a support bubble with one other household. The second household can be of any size. Support bubbles must be “exclusive”. Once in one, you can’t switch and start another with a different household.
- A 79-year-old great-granddad makes miracle recovery. Medics called Robin Jones’s family on SIX separate occasions, telling them he was 24 hours from death, but each time, the retired builder survived. After ten weeks, he was finally discharged from Hereford County Hospital. Read full story
Key Social Distancing Messages:
- Wear face coverings that covers your nose and mouth:
- on public transport
- when you go to hospital appointments or visit someone in hospital
- if you do not wear a face covering you will be breaking the law and could be fined £100
- stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble) when outside your home
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Shielding or vulnerable group:
- Government will give new advice on shielding very soon.
Some 2.2 million people in England – who have been told to stay home since the beginning of lockdown in March – will get a letter detailing the change soon, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced.
- Vulnerable people are advised to go outdoors again. The change means people are able to go out with members of their household, or for those living alone can meet with someone from another household while maintaining social distancing.
- Support for shielders, such as food and medicine deliveries continues.
- Nobody who is shielding should join a support bubble
Test and Trace:
- Ask for a test to check if you have symptoms of coronavirus
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- shopping locally and less often
- considering all other forms of transport before using public transport
- avoiding the busiest times and routes
- keeping your distance when your travel – 2 metres apart where possible
- wear face coverings that covers your nose and mouth
- working from home where possible
- The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. This advice is being kept under constant review.
- For visitors arrive in the UK, you are required to self-isolate for the first 14 days
- 截至2020年6月5日的一周（第23周的数据），在英格兰和威尔士登记涉及新冠状病毒的死亡人数为1,588，占该周所有死亡人数比例的14.8％ ，与上周评分下降234。
- 截至第23周所有涉嫌新冠状病毒的死亡登记中，有63.7％发生在医院，其余主要发生在护理院 (29.6％)，私人住宅 (4.5％)和临终关怀(1.4％)。
- 当前警报等级已从4降为3级，表明“病毒仍然在普遍传播” – 但社交距离限制放松。
- 周一开始，英格兰销售非必要商品的商店解封，三个月以来首次重新开放。 但零售商必须采取严格的防疫应变安全措施。
- 地塞米松证实有助降低重症病人死亡率， 成为这场抗疫之战当中的一个重大突破。世界多国正在就现有治疗方式对新型冠病毒的有效性进行一次大规模试验，这种药物即是其中的一部分。它能够将使用呼吸机的病人死亡风险降低三分之一;对于需要氧气机的病人来说，它能将死亡率降低五分之一。
- 随着社交隔离限制进一步放松，市民可以建立”社交泡泡”。 独居单身成年人或单亲父母与其18岁以下子女， 可以与另一个家庭形成”社交泡泡”， 旨在缓解单身成人家庭因居家隔离带来的压力。
- 一位79岁的曾祖父创造了奇迹， 六过鬼门关。 医护人员分别六次给罗宾 · 琼斯的家人打电话，通知家人他的状况急转直下，还说要家人不要指望他能活下来了。 但每次，这位退休的建筑工人都得以幸存。 十周后，他终于从赫里福德县医院出院。
- 政府规定以下情况， 必戴上面部覆盖物， 遮盖住鼻子和嘴巴：
- 经常用肥皂和水洗手- 至少洗20秒
- 政府将尽快提供有关屏蔽的新建议。 卫生部长马特· 汉考克（Matt Hancock） 未来几天会发布详细变化。
- 政府建议屏蔽保护人群更多到户外去。 这种政策建议变更， 意味着人们可以与家庭成员外出，独居或单身人士可以与另一个家庭见面，只要大家保持社交距离。
- 旅途中保持距离- 尽可能相距2米
- 外交和联邦事务局（FCO）目前劝告英国国民不要去非必要的国际旅行。 该建议仍在不断审查中。