COVID Update 22/12/20

Category: News & Written by simon On December-22-2020 14:00:40

As a result of the new variant of COVID that has led to very rapid increase in cases in London and parts of the South East and East of England, the Directors of Public Health for the West Midlands are issuing the following urgent advice:

  • We are asking anyone who has travelled to the region from any Tier 4 areas or Wales, to assume they have the new variant of Covid and to self-isolate for at least 10 days.  This means remaining inside the house where they’re staying for the whole 10 days.  Other people who live in the house do not need to self-isolate unless they get symptoms but no visitors should be allowed in that house at all, even on Christmas Day.  Even if you have a negative test, you should continue to self-isolate.

  • Although our region is not in Tier 4, rates are increasing and it is highly likely that the new variant is circulating.  So please reduce your contact to a minimum, act like people you see have the virus.  Remember that people may have the virus and show no symptoms.

  • Think ‘should I do this given what we know about the new form of the virus’ not ‘can I do this within the rules’.

  • Change your Christmas plans as much as you can.  You can only meet your Christmas bubble on the 25th December. Keep your visit as short as possible, with as few people as possible and outdoors if you can.

  • If you have COVID symptoms you MUST get tested through the national booking system.  You MUST self-isolate for 10 days: don’t wait for your test result to start self-isolating.  Your close contacts must also self-isolate for 10 days.

  • Please only use the national booking system or 119 to book a test if you have symptoms.  This means that people who most need a test will be able to get one.

  • If you need help with food or money while you self-isolate, please ask for help.

  • Look out for other people: pick up the phone, see people on line and check if they are OK. Ask for help if you’re not – it’s OK to feel sad, frustrated or out of hope.


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