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Independent Health Concern Caring for the Community in Wyre Forest

COVID-19 Response - Post July 19 (Summary)

Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious which is why these key protections are being retained: testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high with the Government no longer instructing people to work from home if they can people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport being outside or letting fresh air in minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS COVID Pass in high risk settings. FACE MASKS There is now no legal requirement for people to wear masks on public transport and in shops and other indoor spaces from Monday 19 th July. Instead, guidance says it "expects and recommends" people to wear masks in these settings – which has left businesses with the responsibility of setting their own requirements on whether they expect customers to wear masks. The Rail Delivery Group, which represents passenger and freight rail companies, said that passengers would be encouraged to wear masks when stations are busy. Many rail operators have said they will expect passengers to put on masks when in a crowded carriage and raises the prospect of passengers having to put on and then remove coverings throughout a journey, depending which rail service or station they are using and how busy it is. PINGING People must continue to isolate after being alerted by the NHS Covid app until August 16 th . Health and social care staff who have had both vaccinations and have received a negative PCR test will be exempt. This, despite concerns that the pingdemic could see a return of food shortages and undermine critical infrastructure, according to the vaccines minister.

Who will be ‘Brought To Account’ ?

The Public Accounts Committee could not have been more damning. This financial year £22 billion has been allocated to Test and Trace , with another £15 billion next year = £37,000,000,000.00. At one point, more than 2,000 consultants were employed on the project at an average cost of £1,100 per day , and some on £6,624 ( per day ) We have been paying the wages of 25,000 tracers, even when they have had nothing to do at one stage last year they were being utilised just 1 per cent of their working hours. But then, no-one was / will / will ever be ‘bought-to-account’ for the debarcles of the Bristol Brabazon (£3,400,000.00 - at 1953 prices ) - an 8 engined, propeller-powered aircraft, of which only the prototype flew, only the once Tony Blair’s £10,000,000,000.00 failed I.T. system for the NHS Test and Trace £37,000,000,000.00 HS2 £107,000,000,000.00 - according to Lord Berkeley of the government's independent review into the project.


as per 17 th July 2021


Total Virus Tests daily 1,177,716 Positive tests (daily) 51,870 Mortalities: 182,856 UK Deaths (per day) 49 People vaccinated- 1st dose 46,159,145 (as of 16 July 2021) - 2nd dose 35,543,321 Worcestershire cases 39,371 Worcestershire deaths 809 Wyre Forest cases 6,453 Worcester City cases 7,595 Wolverhampton cases 27,577 Sandwell cases 38,581 Dudley cases 30,320 Birmingham cases 120,090 The Acute Hospital Trust covers Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Evesham Community Hospital as well as the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital.
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Free flu jab will be offered to more

than 35 million people this winter

including ALL secondary school

pupils as UK faces double threat of

Covid and influenza

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said

the flu programme which will begin

in September will be the biggest in the

UK's history as it will extend to

secondary school students too.

Why the rush to holiday abroad ? Professor Andrea Crisanti from Padova University contrasts the careful step-by-step reopening in the UK with the headlong dash in parts of Europe where intensive care units in hospitals are still near breaking point. The daily death toll is running at the equivalent to an Airbus A320 crash - every day - in each of several European countries.