Covid-19 Weekly Update 2/10/2020
The ‘R’ number (rate of transmission) currently stands between 1.3 and 1.6.The alert level is 4.
There were no new local restrictions for Birmingham citizens this week. With exceptions explained previously, you are not allowed to have visitors in your house or garden, and you are not allowed to enter other people’s houses or gardens wherever they live. This will be reviewed every 3 weeks, with first review due 2nd October.
NHS Test & Trace App
We understand that the app can be downloaded in Simplified Chinese but is not currently available in Traditional Chinese. According to the BBC, it does not work on some Huawei phones.
Download the app https://covid19.nhs.uk/index.html
The app can tell you about risk and alert you to when you have been in close contact with people who later test positive, but the most important point is that people reduce transmission by
- maintaining social distance 1m+ mitigations or 2m
- frequent thorough handwashing
- covering their faces in indoor public spaces
- following the national ‘Rule of 6’ for social gathering
- complying with the local restriction on visits inside private homes until this is lifted
Test & Trace Support Payment for people on low incomes
If the NHS has instructed you to self-isolate, you may be able to claim a payment of £500 for the self-isolation period. Read more
Key points are:
- You must be working or self-employed
- Unable to work from home
- You would lose income by not being able to go to work
- You must be in receipt of a qualifying benefit
The support payment is available from 28/9/2020 with no backdating. Claims are made to the Council via its website.
Remember that you can be fined for failing to self-isolate after receiving an NHS instruction, with fines starting at £1k.
Drop & Collect Volunteers
Birmingham City Council is seeking volunteers to drop and collect Covid-19 test kits and provide information to households in designated areas around the city. These are areas that have had spikes which may include households with older and clinically vulnerable Chinese people. It would be good to have some Cantonese, Hakka and Mandarin-speaking Chinese volunteers helping in this effort. PPE and training is provided.
For a link to the volunteer application form and to read more
Covid-19 Community Champions
The Council is also seeking volunteers for its recently launched Covid Community Champions network
Annual Flu Vaccination
The annual flu vaccination will be available to a wider group of people this year including:
- Year 7 pupils
- All health and social care workers
- Household contacts of people on the NHS shielding list
More information is here
Children’s flu vaccination here
As we are approaching winter and more people catch colds and flu, it may be difficult to know what you’ve got. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has produced a quick guide:
Birmingham’s University Hospitals NHS Trust is extremely worried that an increasing number of cancer patients are refusing to go to hospital for scheduled treatment out of fear of catching the virus. (It is possible this also applies to people with other illnesses and conditions)
The Trust’s senior management has explained that measures have been put in place to make the hospitals covid-secure. He urges people to follow their treatment plans as they are putting their lives at risk by not keeping appointments. Read more here
每周疫情快讯 2020 年10月2日
英國新冠傳染率R值為 1.3 和 1.6。新冠警戒危險係數為4級。
本周伯明翰没有新的限制措施。 除了以前提到的可以豁免的特殊情况以外，您仍然不可以允许访客进入您的家或花园，您也不可以进入其他人的住宅或花园。 限制措施将每3周将审核一次，第一次审核将是10月2日。
- 保持至少1米社交距离 + 防护措施 或保持2米社交距离
伯明翰市政府正在招募志愿者， 向城市周围指定地区的家庭发放和收取新冠检测包，以及提供疫情信息。这些地区新冠病例人数最近激增， 其中可能包括老年人和身体虚弱的中国人。希望有能讲简单广东话，客家话或普通话的中国志愿者来参与此项工作。 我们为志愿者提供个人防护装备和相关培训。
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