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.
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
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