Welcome to our new edition of the weekly update. We hope you are finding these bulletins beneficial during these difficult times.
Covid-19 statistics update:
- Of the deaths registered in Week 29, 295 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, the lowest number of deaths involving COVID-19 in the last 17 weeks, accounting for 3.3% of all deaths in England and Wales.
- As of 9am on 30 July, there have been 15,738,735 tests (either processed or sent out) in the UK. Of these, 11,515,652 tests were processed in total.
302,301 people have tested positive for coronavirus
- As of Thursday 30 July 2020 at 6:49pm, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 45,999 have died across all settings.
- 5222 total cases in Birmingham, approximately 458 per 100,000 people. (data from gov.uk, updated 30 July)
- 2414 total deaths in hospitals in the West Midlands, as of 29 July.
Covid-19 Alert Levels in England:
- Latest R number range for the UK 0.7 – 0.9
(Last updated on Friday 24 July 2020) Read more about R number
- The current alert level 3
Virus is in general circulation. Read about Alert Levels
News and stories from last week:
- The Government has announced postponing the reopening of leisure businesses for at least two weeks, amid concerns over an increase in coronavirus cases. This will mean casinos and bowling alleys will remain shut.
- UK extends the coronavirus isolation period from seven to 10 days,
reacting to rising European infections. Read more on Gov.uk
- Fears grew over local lockdowns for Sandwell and Wolverhampton, it came as new official figures showed the re-emergence of the virus across parts of the region.
- Passengers arriving in the UK from Spain and Luxembourg will have to be isolated for 14 days after the country was taken off the quarantine-free list.
Read travel advice on Gov.uk
- The Government is offering £50 bike repair vouchers launched in England on Tuesday as part of plans to boost cycling and walking.
An initial 50,000 vouchers are made available online on a first-come, first-served basis.
- A lack of translated coronavirus guidance is jeopardising the safety of non-English speakers in the UK, a joint letter to the health secretary claims.
More than four million people in England and Wales do not consider English to be their main language, including more than 860,000 people who speak little or no English, according to the most recent official figures.
In England and Wales, 88 languages other than English are spoken as a main language.
- Reminder about shielding in England. From tomorrow 1 August 2020, people who are at high risk from coronavirus will no longer be advised to shield.
See GOV.UK: guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus
- Some employers are paying an allowance to staff working from home. Allowances of up to £6 per week are non-taxable. If your employer does not give an allowance, you can claim up to £6 per week from HMRC.
Read more on Gov.uk
Martin Lewis provides more guidance for workers here: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/04/employed-help-coronavirus-furlough/#wfh
- TV licences: BBC to go ahead with over-75s licence fee changes. That means more than three million households will be asked to start paying the £157.50 fee from 1 August.
Key Social Distancing Messages:
- Wear face coverings that covers your nose and mouth:
- In shops and supermarkets
- 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
- 截至7月30日上午9点，英国共有 15,738,735例新冠病毒测试（已处理或已发出）。其中，总共处理了11,515,652例测试。累计确诊案302,301例。
- 伯明翰累计确诊案5222例，每10万人约458例 (数据于2020年7月30日更新)。
- 官方数据显示桑德韦尔 (Sandwell) 和伍尔弗汉普顿 (Wolverhampton)部分地区再次出现病毒增加，市民对该些地区局部封锁机会上升感到担忧。
- 一封致英国卫生大臣的联名信称，缺乏翻译的新冠病指南, 危及英国非说英语社团的安全。
- 屏蔽提醒: 从明天8月1日起，政府将不再建议新冠病高危者进行防护。
马丁·刘易斯 (Martin Lewis) 提供了更多劳工指导：
- 电视执照 (BBC TV licences)：英国广播公司将继续调整75岁以上的电视执照费。从8月1日起，超过300万户家庭将要开始支付157.50英镑的电视费用。
- 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