Chief Medical Adviser Outlines Challenges Ahead
Chief Medical Adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, gave an assessment of the challenges ahead in the Covid Pandemic. A transcript is not yet available but press reports quote him as saying: "Under all the scenarios, if we unlock very suddenly, all the modelling suggests we would get a substantial surge while a lot of people are not protected. It takes about three weeks to build up immunity following the first dose of the vaccine. So only the first four priority groups, the over-70s, health and care staff and the extremely clinically vulnerable, will have developed significant protection at the moment.
"Most Covid deaths have been in these groups. But nearly half of hospital admissions have been those under-70. And most transmission was driven by younger people, who had more social contacts.
"The UK's policy of focusing on older age groups means it will be some time before the vaccine rollout has a significant impact on the spread of the virus."Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
Guidance on grants from local authorities to support businesses, during periods of local restriction or lockdown, can be found herePlans to Run Pilot Events
EHA has been working to support our members during the pandemic. The Roadmap for easing lockdown
in England mentions pilots to gauge options for permitting events at various stages of the plan. The degree of relaxation to social distancing and other non-pharmaceutical interventions will be determined by the pilot test events to be held during April, with the results incorporated into the Step 3 and 4 reopening guidance. EHA will follow this up with further announcements as test events are held.GOVERNMENT UPDATESENGLANDFree Rapid Tests for All Businesses in England
Free, regular workplace testing is now available to all businesses, including those with fewer than 50 employees. Businesses are encouraged to register interest by 31st March
. Click here to learn more and register
.Current Lockdown Restrictions
For updated information about lockdown restrictions in England click here
There has been further relaxation of rules, announced today (9th March), meaning some limited outdoor socialising is now permitted. Click here for details
Wales remains at Covid Alert Level 4. For a run-down of what you must do and which organisations may open or remain closed click here
The NI Department of health made numerous updates to its Coronavirus Restrictions guidance earlier today (9th March). Click here to view