Birmingham City Council’s dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 7th January can be seen here. Across Birmingham, the number of positive cases have increased again from the previous week.
In hospitals across the city, admissions ranged between 44 and 110 new cases a day in the week ending 1st January, an increase of 84% when compared to last week. There were 14 deaths reported this week in Birmingham, no change from the previous week.
From 11th January, if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, most people will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result. Your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. You can stop self-isolating after 7 days if you do a rapid lateral flow test on days 6 and 7 of your self-isolation period and both tests are negative, you did both tests at least 24 hours apart, you do not have a high temperature.
From 4th January. Face coverings are recommended in schools with pupils in year 7 and above. They should be worn in most classrooms, and by pupils, students, staff and adult visitors when moving around buildings.
From 4am on 9th January, if you qualify as fully vaccinated, you can take either a rapid lateral flow or PCR test within 2 days of arriving in England. If you have a positive result on the rapid lateral flow test, you must take a PCR test.
From 4am on 7th January, if you qualify as fully vaccinated or are under 18, you do not need to take a PCR test or Lateral Flow Test before you travel to England or self-isolate when you arrive.
More information about international travel here