I: National lockdown
England has been placed into lockdown again. A summary table is below. Other key points:
- A free school meal system will be maintained for children from low income families
- The Government has pledged to provide devices and equipment to support learning for pupils from low income families
- School exams have been cancelled for this year. The Education Secretary has confirmed that exams will be replaced with teacher assessments.
- It is now against the law to leave home unless you have a specified reason. You can be fined for breaching the law. Fines start at £200.
- The new restrictions apply until the end of March, although they may be eased if the situation improves before then.
II: Pandemic alert system
The measures taken by the Government are driven by the alert system set out at the beginning of the pandemic last year.
III: Covid test centres
More Covid test centres have been opened across Birmingham. For locations and opening times with link to book appointments
- The test centre at the Utilita Arena (formerly NIA) in the city centre is still open. No booking is required.
- You must take proof of address or workplace as it is only for people who live or work in Birmingham.
- You are asked not to take any bags as there is no seating and limited space.
- You need to register on the NHS website so you can receive the result on your smart phone.
- It is a lateral flow swab test that you conduct yourself. Results are given within 30 minutes.
These pop-up test centres are for people without symptoms. If you have Covid symptoms you must stay at home, self-isolate and book a test via the NHS website or by calling 119 https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
The test is free but only available for people with symptoms. If you need a test to enable you to work, travel or other purposes, you must arrange a private test.
The lateral flow test tells you if you are infectious on the day of the test. A negative result does not mean you can’t catch the virus in the future. You must continue to observe Hands ● Face ● Space
IV: Support for businesses
Grants for businesses are being channelled through local councils http://bit.ly/3ktx7JC
V: Clinically extremely vulnerable
People who are clinically extremely vulnerable must not go out to work. They should also avoid shopping if possible – there are many volunteer groups who can fetch shopping, prescriptions and other essentials http://bit.ly/2LsB59M
Everyone – including clinically extremely vulnerable – is allowed to go out for exercise. This should be:
- Once a day
- In your local area
- With your household, support bubble, or with one other person if you are alone
VI: Vaccine rollout
The AstroZeneca ‘Oxford’ vaccine is being rolled out alongside the Pfizer vaccine.
The Government has set out the priority order
The Government has changed the gap between the first and second doses from 28 days to 12 weeks. This is to ensure as many people in the top 4 priority groups are vaccinated as quickly as possible because the new variant is highly transmissible and has led to a steep rise in cases. An increase in cases is likely to be followed by an increase in hospitalisation and deaths.
It is important to remember that the 2nd dose makes the vaccine more effective – you should ensure you receive both doses.
You will be contacted by your GP when it is your turn to have the vaccine.
VII．Arrivals to require negative test result
From early next week people arriving in England and Scotland, including UK nationals, will have to provide a negative Covid test before travelling http://bbc.in/35k03PE
The growth rate in Birmingham is currently 2
To check case and death rates in your ward http://ukcovid19.nw.r.appspot.com/
英格兰地区再次进入封锁状态, 限制措施请见下表。 其他重点信息包括：
- 除非您有特定原因，否则离家外出属是违法行为。 您会因触犯法律而被罚款，罚款起价为200英镑。
快速横向流量检测可以发现您在测试当天是否具有传染性。检测结果若为阴性并不意味着您将来不会感染新冠病毒。您必须继续做好个人防护，勤洗手 ● 戴口罩 ● 保持社交距离
每个人 – 包括临床上高危人群 – 都可以外出锻炼，需遵循：