National Lockdown Starts
A national lockdown has started today to help fight the rising cases of Covid-19.
The recent rise in cases comes as we move firmly into the winter months, which poses a big risk to health services and to the public. Respiratory diseases such as flu and Covid-19 are spread more easily during winter. Its also a time of great pressure for the health service as demand increases during the winter months.
Yesterday 25,000 people tested positive for the virus and the number of people going into hospital is increasing. In Wolverhampton 100 people a day are testing positive, that figure is likely to be much higher as for many people the infection is mild, and they may not be requesting a test.
While for many the virus will be mild, make no mistake, this is a very serious situation. Covid-19 is a deadly virus. Sadly 47,742 people have died because of covid-19 in the UK alone, over 1.23 million worldwide. Many that recovered are living with long term effects of the virus. This is not “just the flu”.
While the elderly and those with underlying conditions are most at risk, the virus does not discriminate, and people of all ages can and have been affected and died as a result of covid-19.
We have all had to make huge sacrifices over the course of the year. We know how difficult and frustrating it has been, but we must continue to do everything in our power to help slow the spread of Covid-19.
By following the rules, you can help to protect yourselves and your families, keep the pressure off the NHS and ultimately save lives. Our actions will have direct consequences for our communities.
Following the rules means saving lives. We can and will get through this pandemic.
The current national restrictions are:
- you must stay home as much as possible and only leave for a limited number of reasons such as education, exercise, medical reasons or to shop for essentials
- you should work from home if you can
- you should not mix with other people indoors or in private gardens, unless they are part of your household or your care or support bubble
- non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues are closed, as are pubs and restaurants, though takeaways and deliveries are permitted.
- schools, universities and colleges remain open (secondary school staff and students must continue to wear face coverings in communal spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained) as do places of worship for individual prayer and funerals
- you can continue to exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with or your support bubble or, when you are on your own, with one person from another household. Children under five and disabled people who are dependent on care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside
For more information, the restrictions please visit our Coronavirus Hub which ahs information on a range of areas including face coverings, social distancing and more. We also have information about mental health and bereavement support.
You can also visit gov.co.uk for more detailed information.