WEEKLY UPDATE 30 OCTOBER 2020 – 每周疫情快讯 2020年10月30日

How does the new Alert System work?

An area is put into Tier 2 High Alert when ‘case rates’ go above 100. If Tier 2 measures fail to bring case rates below 100, the area is put up to Tier 3 Very High Alert level.

It is important to be aware that case rates are not the same as the actual rates. The actual rates are the number of positive tests; case rates are scaled up to show the estimated figure per 100,000 population.   The graph below shows what this looks like in Sandwell 18th -24th October – we have used this as we don’t have information in this format for Birmingham.  The graph is published by Sandwell Director of Public Health. 

While actual cases are not as alarming as case rates, it is important to remember the numbers are increasing along with hospital admissions and Covid-related deaths. The ‘R’ number – the rate of transmission – is 1.4 in Birmingham.

Birmingham is still in Tier 2, but there is a possibility the city could go into Tier 3 because of the increases. 

Another graph published by Sandwell’s DPH is hospital admissions in the Midlands between 1 Aug – 24 Oct

A key message from Birmingham Director of Public Health Dr Justin Varney is to look at trends rather than daily figures.  The trend is upwards with a significant increase in the number of people aged 60+ being admitted to hospital.  Age has been found to be a risk factor with Covid-19 – the older the person, the worse their potential outcomes if they catch the virus. However, hospitals are much better prepared to deal with Covid cases than they were in March – there is more information about the disease and better treatments https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54712003

The situation is worrying but the best action we can all take to prevent transmission is to observe hand and respiratory hygiene and to maintain distance between people.

If you do want to check the number of cases in your area, we recommend downloading the UK Covid-19 Dashboard app onto your smartphone or computer http://ukcovid19.nw.r.appspot.com/

Chinese Community Centre-Birmingham flu jab videos 

As part of our Covid-19 BME Impact Project, we have made two videos explaining who is entitled to the free flu vaccine. 

In Cantonese
In Mandarin

Self isolation payment – clarification

The £500 lump sum payment can only be paid if a working person is instructed to self-isolate by the NHS Test & Trace service. It cannot be claimed on a notification from the Covid-19 app.  There are various qualifying conditions for claiming 

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50231/coronavirus_covid-

每周疫情快讯 2020年10月30日

新的疫情警戒系统如何运作?

当某一地区疫情的严重程度,即每10万人中“确诊病例率”数值超过100时,该地区被定为第2级-高风险地区。若这一地区始终无法将“确诊病例率” 控制在100之内时,该地区将升为第3级-极高风险地区。

需要明确的是新冠确诊病例率实际确诊病例数是两个不同的概念。实际确诊病例数是已做新冠病毒测试呈阳性的人数总和;“确诊病例率”是指按确诊病例的比例估算出每10万人口中的确诊病例人数。

下图显示了Sandwell地区10月18日至24日的疫情数据,伯明翰尚未发布类似的信息,该图由Sandwell公共健康卫生部发布。

尽管实际确诊病例数并不像“确诊病例率”那样令人震惊,但需要警惕的是,随着住院人数和新冠相关的死亡人数不断增加,这一数字正在不断上升。伯明翰目前新冠传染率R值为1.4。伯明翰目前仍在疫情警戒系统的第2级,但由于确诊病例率数字不断升高,伯明翰有可能升为第3级别。

以下是Sandwell 公共健康卫生部发布的另一张图表,即英格兰中部地区8月1日至10月24日期间的医院住院人数的曲线图。

伯明翰公共卫生部门总监贾斯汀·瓦尼(Justin Varney)博士建议人们关注疫情的整体趋势,而不是每日的疫情数据。疫情的总体趋势呈上升状态,医院入院病人中60岁以上人群显着增加。经研究发现,年龄是新冠患者的危险因素之一,随着年龄的增加,新冠患者的重症风险也随之增加。与3月份相比,医院应对新冠病毒的能力和情形有了很大提升,对该疾病有了更多的信息和更好的治疗方法https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54712003

当前的疫情形势依然令人担忧,对于预防病毒传播,我们所有人都可以采取的最佳措施是注意手部卫生和呼吸卫生,并保持人与人之间的社交距离。

如果您想查询您所在地区的疫情数据,您可以下载英国新冠数据应用程序到您的智能手机或计算机上 http://ukcovid19.nw.r.appspot.com/

伯明翰华人社区中心-流感疫苗接种宣传视频

作为伯明翰市政府新冠疫情关注少数族裔项目的一部分,我们制作了两个视频,详细说明了哪些人群可以获得免费流感疫苗的接种。

Cantonese
Mandarin

隔离补助金

500英镑的隔离补助金仅限于被NHS测试与追踪中心通知必须进行自我隔离,并且是工作或自雇人士才可以申请。 申请人不可以通过NHS测试与追踪手机应用程序的留言功能提交申请,具体的申请条件,请浏览 https://bit.ly/36M34d3

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