#AceHealthReport – Jan.04: In a televised address, the PM urged people to follow the rules immediately amid surging cases and patient numbers: He said those in the top four priority groups would receive a first vaccine dose by mid-February: Speaking from Downing Street, Mr Johnson said the weeks ahead would be the “hardest yet”………….But he added that he believed the country was entering “the last phase of the struggle”
#Coronavirus Report: #COVID19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers as Boris Johnson puts England into national lockdown …..
Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty
Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton
Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Gregor Smith
Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael McBride
NHS England, National Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis
A joint statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 4 to level 5.
Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England Medical Director recommend that the UK alert level should move from level 4 to level 5.
Many parts of the health systems in the 4 nations are already under immense pressure. There are currently very high rates of community transmission, with substantial numbers of COVID patients in hospitals and in intensive care.
Cases are rising almost everywhere, in much of the country driven by the new more transmissible variant. We are not confident that the NHS can handle a further sustained rise in cases and without further action there is a material risk of the NHS in several areas being overwhelmed over the next 21 days.
Although the NHS is under immense pressure, significant changes have been made so people can still receive lifesaving treatment. It is absolutely critical that people still come forward for emergency care. If you require non-urgent medical attention, please contact your GP or call NHS 111.
Northern Ireland’s Stormont Executive are also meeting to discuss possible new measures.
On Monday, the UK recorded more than 50,000 new confirmed Covid cases for the seventh day in a row: A further 58,784 cases and an additional 407 deaths within 28 days of a positive test result were reported, though deaths in Scotland were not recorded:
At-a-glance: New rules in England
- People cannot leave their homes except for certain reasons, like the first lockdown last March
- These include essential medical needs, food shopping, exerciseand work for those who cannot do so from home
- All schools and colleges will close to most pupils from Tuesday with remote learning until February half term
- Early years settings such as nurseries will stay open
- End-of-year exams will not take place this summer as normal
- Elsewhere, university students should not return to campuses and will be taught online
- Restaurants can continue to offer delivery for food, but takeaway alcohol will be banned
- Outdoor sports venues – such as golf courses, tennis courts and outside gyms – must close
- Amateur team sports are not allowed, but elite sport such as Premier League football can continue
Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be contacted by letter and should now shield once more, Mr Johnson said: Support and childcare bubbles will continue under the new measures – and people can meet one person from another household for outdoor exercise:
The government has published a 22-page document outlining the new rules in detail: Mr Johnson spoke after UK chief medical officers recommended the Covid threat level be increased to five – its highest level……………..They warned of a “material risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed” in several areas over the next 21 days: Level five means the NHS may soon be unable to handle a further sustained rise in cases, the medical officers said in a joint statement.
- Scots ordered to stay home in new lockdown
- Schools in Wales stay shut until 18 January
- ‘More action needed’ in NI to tackle Covid-19
- 82-year-old first to get Oxford Covid vaccine
NHS Providers, which represents health service trusts, said hospitals were at a “critical point” and that “immediate and decisive action” was needed: A new variant – first identified in Kent and since seen across the UK and other parts of the world – has been found to spread much more easily than earlier variants.
Announcing tougher measures in Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It is no exaggeration to say that I am more concerned about the situation we face now than I have been at any time since March last year.” ………..The new restrictions in Scotland mean it will be a legal requirement to stay at home except for certain essential purposes, similar to the first lockdown last March: Schools will be closed to pupils until February…………………….In Wales, all schools and colleges will move to online learning until at least 18 January.
Mr Johnson’s pledge on vaccinations comes after an 82-year-old retired maintenance manager became the first person in the UK to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab………….The new target to vaccinate all those in the top four priority groups with at least one dose of a vaccine by mid-February covers everyone in England over the age of 70 and people of any age who are clinically extremely vulnerable:
#AceHealthDesk report …………..Published: Jan.04: 2020:
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