New Year's Covid-19 Update from North Somerset Lib Dem Councillors


Happy New Year to all our readers and friends. We know the last thing any of us wanted to face in the New Year was another lockdown; however, we are at a very challenging moment in the course of the pandemic and action is needed to save lives and protect our NHS. This update gives details of the new national lockdown rules and other useful information. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

from the North Somerset Lib Dem Council Group

New national lockdown

   

The Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown for England on 4 January, with immediate effect. The lockdown is very similar to the rules that existed in the first lockdown in March last year and the key message is please stay at home as much as possible. Most non-essential businesses will be closed and schools will not reopen for face-to-face learning until after the February half-term at the earliest.

   

You can read the full guidance on the lockdown rules here.

If you need help

If you need help during lockdown and you are shielding or unable to access support from family or friends, please contact North Somerset Together - the voluntary network set up by North Somerset Council to support communities.

You can access support via the website or by ringing 01934 427 437.

Support for businesses

At the moment, it is unclear what support will be available for businesses or self-employed people affected by the new lockdown. We expect further grants to made available through the lockdown period. As soon as information and application processes are clear, the North Somerset business website will be the best place to look for details.

Vaccinations well underway

The good news is that the local vaccination programme is well underway. Priority groups, including those over 80 years old and care home residents and staff, are being vaccinated at great pace thanks to the hard work of NHS staff. The Government has set the target of vaccinating all those in priority groups 1-4 by the end of February. This will include all those aged 70 or over and all those in the clinically extremely vulnerable group. This will protect those at the very greatest risk from serious effects from Covid-19.

The NHS have asked us to remind residents that they do not need to get in touch with their GP or hospital, and they will be contacted directly and offered an appointment for a vaccination in due course.

Local Covid-19 case data

The latest seven-day Covid-19 case rate for North Somerset (for the seven days up to 30 December) is 372.0 cases per 100,000. This is a 14% increase on the week before. This is now the highest case rate that North Somerset has seen since the pandemic began, overtaking our previous peak in early November.

By way of comparison, the North Somerset case rate at the beginning of October was 42.3, at the beginning of November was 178.6, and at the beginning of December 129.3. Cases accelerated during October and early November and then fell again during the second national restrictions in November. Since the November restrictions were lifted, case numbers have again risen in North Somerset to our current pandemic peak.

You can access the full data here.

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