Welcome to another edition of our weekly update.
As social distancing rules are easing in England from Saturday, please stay alert as the threat of coronavirus is “not over” yet. We should all do our best to combat the virus and protect the most vulnerable.
Covid-19 statistics update:
- The number of deaths registered in England and Wales mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)” in the week ending 19 June 2020 (Week 25) was 783, accounting for 8.4% of all deaths, the lowest number of deaths involving COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks.
- As of 9am on 1 July, there have been 9,662,051 tests, with 226,398 tests on 30 June. 313,483 people have tested positive.
- As of 5pm on 30 June, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 43,906 have sadly died.
- 3361 total cases in Birmingham, approximately 294 per 100,000 people. (data from gov.uk, updated 2nd July)
- 2394 total deaths in hospitals in the West Midlands, as of 29 June.
Covid-19 Alert Levels in England:
- Latest R number range for the UK 0.7 – 0.9
(Last updated on Thursday 25 June 2020)
- The current alert level 3
Virus is in general circulation
News and stories from the last week:
- Leicester has become the first city in Britain to be put back into lockdown after virus surge
- Schools and non-essential shops have closed once again since 30 June in Leicester
- The lockdown measures will be reviewed again on July 18
- A reminder about new lockdown measures, starting tomorrow Saturday 4 July:
- you can meet in groups of up to two households (support bubble household counts as one) either indoors or outdoors. You can meet with different households at different times. But remember to maintain social distance from people who are not in your household or bubble.
- Meeting outside: you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
- Forming a support bubble (i.e. those in single adult households), continue to have close contact as if they live with the other people in the bubble, but you should stick to who you have formed a support bubble with
- Additional businesses and venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites will be able to open.
- Other public places, such as libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms can open although many are staying closed while they get themselves ‘Covid-secure’.
- You can stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household (where you need to keep social distancing)
- It will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law. Police will have the power to break up groups larger than 30, apart from these exceptions to be announced
Scientists and the government will be closely monitoring the effect of relaxation of rules. Any spike in cases could lead to lockdown rules being introduced locally.
- The government has published safety guidance for return to school in September
- Built on the principle of keeping pupils in separate “bubbles”
- Schools will have testing kits to give to parents/guardians if children develop symptoms
- Parents/guardians will face fines in England if they do not send their children back to school in September
Note: Parents/guardians have a legal duty to ensure children receive an education; therefore, if they are homeschooling, they will not be fined.
- Pupils will be expected to continue with all their GCSEs and A-levels exams
- Support for businesses: flexible furlough scheme starts 1 July
Businesses have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work part time as part of the government’s plan to re-open the UK’s economy
- Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, drivers have been allowed to delay the test for six months, but the MOT extension will be stopped by the end of July. The move will help ensure that vehicles are kept safe to drive.
- Warning over Covid-19 ‘test and trace’ scam
Residents are urged to remain vigilant as reports about a coronavirus test kit related scam hits the county. Currently, coronavirus test kits are provided by the NHS free of charge.
- Do you find Zoom calls drain your energy? Read the full article
- How to safely wear a facemask? Read the Birmingham Health Partners blog
The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) Virtual Wellbeing: Keeping Healthy at Home
- 截至7月1日上午9点，已经进行了 9,662,051例新冠病毒测试，6月30日进行了226,398例测试。累计确诊案313,483例。
- 0.7 – 0.9（资料于星期四6月25日更新)
- 當前警報3級（表示“病毒仍然在普遍传播” -但社交距离限制放松）
- 从明天7月4日星期六, 新的封锁措施开始：
- 房外聚集：你可以与来自不同家庭, 但最多六人见面，遵循社交距离准则
- 组成“社交泡泡” （即单身成人家庭）可以亲密接触，就好像他们与“社交泡泡”中其他人生活在一起一样，但你不能改变与你组成“社交泡泡”的家庭
- 其他公共场所，如图书馆、社区中心、礼拜堂、室外游乐场和室外健身房都可以开放，尽管如此, 许多公共场所选择继续关闭, 直到他们安排好安全和预防疾病设施。
- 你可以和你自己家人, 或者和“社交泡泡”家人，或其他一个家的家庭成员（但需要保持社交距离）过夜
- 支持企业：7月1日起实行灵活休假计划 (Furlough Scheme)
作为政府重新开放英国经济计划的一部分，企业可以灵活地让下岗的员工重(furloughed employees)返半职模式(part time)工作岗位
- 8月1日起重新实行强制性交通运输部检测 (Vehicle MOT Check)
积极福利协会（The Active Wellbeing Society）在家保持健康