Local Authority C-19 Weekly Updates - 7th January

Local Authority C-19 Weekly Updates - 7th January

In this issue:

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Social housing

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Governance

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—England and Scotland enter national lockdown

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, have both announced that England and Scotland are entering national lockdown following rapid increases in coronavirus (COVID-19) infections. The steep rise in cases has been attributed to ‘the new variant’ of coronavirus, which government scientists believe to be between 50–70% more transmissible. While Scotland goes into national lockdown from Tuesday 5 January 2021, England will not until 00:01 on Wednesday 6 January 2021. Both lockdowns will forbid the public from leaving their homes unless for essential purposes, for example shopping for basic necessities, going to work (if you cannot do so from home) and exercise with your household or support bubble. Restrictions in England are expected to last until mid-February 2021, and in Scotland until the end of January 2021, but kept under review.

See: LNB News 05/01/2021 35.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—updated coronavirus alert recommendation

The UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) and the NHS England Medical Director have recommended that the UK coronavirus (COVID-19) alert level be increased from level 4 to level 5. The recommendation reflects advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and the increasing pressure faced by the health systems in the four nations of the UK. As transmissions remain high, with large numbers of coronavirus patients in hospitals and intensive care, the UK CMOs have voiced concerns over the NHS’s ability to handle a further rise in cases. Despite pressure on the NHS, the UK CMOs have urged people to come forward for emergency care if they require it.

See: LNB News 05/01/2021 15.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Christmas and New Year’s roundup

A round-up of the coronavirus (COVID-19) developments which took place over the Christmas and New Year’s period, between 25 and 31 December 2020. Notable developments include the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine receiving approval, a phased return

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