England has moved to Step 4 of the Roadmap meaning guidance emphasising personal judgement and responsibility takes the place of the majority of legal COVID restrictions. We need to remain cautious and remember that the pandemic is not yet over. We must still work together to continue to carefully manage the virus over the coming months. For more information about Step 4 and how you can do your bit to stay safe, please see the gov.uk website here.
Birmingham City Council’s dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 8th August can be seen here. Across Birmingham, the number of cases increased this week by 192 cases (3,733 cases this week compared to 3,541 last week).
Hospital admissions range between 33 and 45 new cases a day for the week 2nd – 8th August across the hospitals in the city, a decrease of 11% compared to last week’s admissions. There were 8 deaths from COVID-19 this week in Birmingham, down from 10 in the previous week.
The % of positive tests has also increased, but the overall rates of testing using PCR, LFD or both have decreased slightly in the 7 days up to 8th August. All adults who don’t have symptoms should now be testing twice a week using the rapid lateral flow tests. You can order free at-home tests here, and testing kits are also available at our local network of community pharmacies.
Spread appears to be primarily occurring through household, social and workplace interactions, but it isn’t inevitable and www.germdefence.org can help.
People aged 16 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Some children aged 12 to 15 who have a higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, or who live with someone at high risk of catching it, are also eligible for the vaccine. People under the age of 18 must wait for the NHS to contact them in order to book vaccinations.
Adults aged 18 or over can book a vaccination, or manage an existing appointment, here, or can schedule a vaccination by calling 119. Walk-in vaccination clinics are still taking place for over-18s at locations across Birmingham and Solihull for first doses and those eligible to receive a second dose; the locations and times can be checked here.