Coronavirus Update 16.12.20

Birmingham is currently in Tier 3 – Very High Alert. This tier is assigned to areas with a very high or very rapidly rising level of infections, where tighter restrictions are in place.

The tier level for each area is due to be reviewed today, and we will send an update if Birmingham’s tier level changes.

You can view the guidelines for our area here, along with a condensed version which highlights the main guidelines for tier 3:

  • You must not socialise with other households indoors.
  • Only meet people outdoors in open public areas in groups of up to 6.
  • Reduce your number of journeys and avoid travel outside the area unless necessary.
  • Work from home if possible.

We are also urged to:

  • Continue to ‘wash hands, cover face, make space’.
  • And when indoors, ‘let fresh air in’.

Detailed Tier 3 guidelines can again be found here, and Birmingham City Council’s Weekly Update for 11th December can be read here.

You can check the tier and guidelines for any area with the BBC’s postcode checker.

Birmingham City Council’s dashboard of COVID19 information for the week 5th -11th December can be read here. We see that, overall, the rate of cases and percentage of positive tests have increased when compared to the previous week, which is described as “very worrying”. However, case numbers have fallen again this week in most local wards, including in Moseley, but the scale of the drop is shrinking. There is plenty of capacity at local testing sites. Cases rates are highest in the 30-49yrs age group.

 The required self-isolation period for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus has been shortened from 14 to 10 days across the UK. The change will also apply to people instructed to quarantine after returning from high-risk countries.

The coronavirus vaccine has begun to be rolled out in Birmingham: “the NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.” More information on the vaccine can be read here.