Latest information about coronavirus

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Below is some simple advice about what you can do to protect yourself from coronavirus and to support your community to stay well.

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Latest updates

The latest national updates on coronavirus from the Public Health England & the Department of Health and Social Care can be found at: gov.uk/coronavirus 

The latest NHS advice for the public is available here: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

You can find information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, including answers to frequently asked questions here.

 

National lockdown and roadmap to ease restrictions

The Prime Minister announced a national lockdown on 5 January and has now laid out a roadmap plan to take us out of lockdown with four steps in place. Read about the full plan and the how the data will be reviewed throughout here.

For now, you must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until 8 March when all pupils will return. Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.

More information

Find out more about what you can and cannot do on the government website here.

Find information on support and FAQs from Sefton Council here.

Click here to see the lockdown rules explained in five South Asian languages (GujaratiPunjabiSylhetiTamil and Urdu).

 

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other

  • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precaution

Read the latest guidance for staying alert and safe and see FAQs which explain what you can and can't do.


What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

You should immediately self-isolate and stay at home if you have either or both of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature (37.8C or over)
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


Contact the NHS 111 coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • you feel breathless and it's getting worse
  • your symptoms get worse and you're not sure what to do

Please go to 111.nhs.uk in the first instance. Only call 111 if you need help urgently. BSL users can use the NHS 111 video interpreter service

DO NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 


Self isolating

Click here for the guidance on self isolating. 


People at higher risk from coronavirus 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher.

There are 2 levels of higher risk:

  • high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • moderate risk (clinically vulnerable)

You can read more about these levels and who is at higher risk on the NHS website here.

Advice for people at higher risk during national lockdown

If you are clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. There is additional advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should follow resumed shielding guidance and should not attend work, school, college or university. You should limit the time you spend outside the home. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.

Testing 

Click here for national guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available.

Residents and businesses across Sefton and the whole of Cheshire and Merseyside are being urged only to get a Covid-19 test if they have symptoms of the virus.

There has been a huge increase in the number of people seeking a test for coronavirus, partly due to the return of schools and the testing of international travellers. This has put a strain on the laboratories which process the tests.

On top of this, the number of people who do not have symptoms, being tested has also increased; meaning that some people who are symptomatic cannot access a test when they need it. Read more here.

Click here to see NHS test and trace explained in five South Asian languages (GujaratiPunjabiSylhetiTamil and Urdu).

 

Cases

The data and statistics on COVID-19 cases is compiled by Public Health England, in the COVID-19 dashboard available here. 

The MSOA (Middle Layer Super Output Area) map allows you to type in a postcode to see how many cases there are in areas of around 7,000 people.

 

COVID-19 vaccine 

You can find our latest update about the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Sefton here. Here you will find information about how the local vaccination programme is working, how you can support us, details on the priority groups and who is eligible, FAQs, information leaflets and videos.

You can find data on how many people have received the COVID-19 vaccine on the government website here.

Click here to read an easy read guide to your COVID-19 vaccination. 


Face coverings 

Members of the public must wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth in public spaces including shops, supermarkets, shopping centres, transport hubs and NHS settings to help curb the spread of the virus.

For full details of where to wear a face covering and when, how to make your own and who is exempt, visit the Gov.UK website.

 

Need help and support?

In Sefton if you need help for you or someone in your household, we recommend that you call Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or fill in their online form to ask for support. Find out more here.  

We recommend that you get food and medicine delivered and left outside your door – ask friends and family to help or register at GOV.UK to get coronavirus support if you need it.

Other organisations providing support and information

There is a wide range of often independent and charitable organisations who offer advice, resources and support for you and the people you care for.

These organisations often specialise in providing tailored information for people with specific communications or information requirements relating to things like disability, ethnicity, gender or age. Click here for a list of some of these useful organisations. 


Health and wellbeing

Click here for information and resources on health and wellbeing and coronavirus. 


Alternative formats and translations

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