Coronavirus Update 13.01.21

We remain in National Lockdown. During the lockdown we are again instructed to:
Stay Home > Protect the NHS > Save Lives.”

We must not leave, or be outside of our homes except where necessary in a limited set of circumstances. If we do go out under the permitted circumstances, we must still remember “Hands > Face > Space.” It’s vital we still practice physical distancing, wear masks, and wash our hands or sanitise frequently.

The National Lockdown guidelines are summarised in last week’s update here, including a National Lockdown poster here summarising the rules for each sector.

Birmingham City Council’s Covid-19 Weekly Update for 8 January  is available to view here.

Birmingham City Council’s dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week 2nd – 8th January can be read here.  There has been an increase in both the rate of cases and percentage of positive tests in the last week. This is reflective of the concerning increase in cases nationally.
Average daily Covid admissions have risen to over 100 new cases a day across the hospitals.

Case rates have risen in all age groups but are highest in the 30-40yr age group.
All wards in the city have seen case numbers rise between this week and the week before. Moseley has seen a rise of 69% in positive cases since the previous week.

Local and national leaders and experts are consistent in urging each of us to take extra care in this lockdown. We are asked to view the rules as the upper limits, and to individually reduce the activities outside of our homes to the absolute minimum that is safely possible. We are asked to “act like you have the virus”, and remember anyone we meet may be infected even without knowing it. Please maintain social contacts safely, including by phone or online wherever possible.

Vaccine and testing programmes are being rolled out and we all hope these will bring easier times, but we must remain vigilant in the meantime.