The Prime Minister confirmed that from next Monday (April 12) •pubs and restaurants will be able to serve outdoors, •non-essential shops and hairdressers can reopen & •outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks can have visitors.Peopleshouldnottobookoverseassummerholidaysyetbecauseborderre-openingscouldhappenlaterthantheplanneddate of May 17.TheGovernmentalsoopenedthedoortothemassuseofCovidstatuscertificationchecks–Covidpassports–sayingtheyare likely to become "a feature of our lives" until the pandemic fades. Scientistssaidthatwhilevaccineswerehavingamajorimpactbycuttingillnessanddeaths,theywerenoteffectiveenoughto allow a return to normal social mixing without the risk of "a big epidemic".Government also published an update on four reviews into •international travel, •crowded events, •Covid status certificates & •social distancing.Evenwiththesuccessofthevaccinerollout,whichhasseenmorethanhalftheadultpopulationgettheirfirstjab,concerns remain. "Evenaftertwodosesthevaccinewillnotbe100percenteffectiveandsomepeoplewillnottakeuptheofferofavaccine.Asa result,somemeasuresmayberequiredforaperiodafteralladultshavebeenofferedavaccineinordertopreventasurgein infections.”Previous ‘Ts & Cs’.TravelGovernment advice is to “stay local”, with guidance against people staying away from their main residence overnight. Families who own second homes can legally stay at them from Monday.Campsites and self-contained holiday accommodation remain closed until at after the Easter holidays.Holidaysabroadarealsobanned.Exemptionsareforwork,study,movinghouseorattendingamajorfamilyeventsuchasabirth,wedding or funeral.SportOutdoorsportsfacilitiesincludinggolfcourses,tennisandbasketballcourtsandswimmingpoolscanallopenaspartoftheeasingof restrictions. ProtestsThe ban on protests would also lift on March 29.Places of worship, weddings and funeralsPlacesofworshiphaveremainedopenduringthelatestlockdown,andthereforetherearenochangestoservicesonMarch29.Restrictions remain in place for Easter services, including that people "must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble".Rules around funerals, which are allowed with 30 attendees and wakes with six attendees, also remain the same.However,Monday'seasingmeansthatweddingswillnolongerbelimitedtoexceptionalcircumstances.Thismeansanyonewishingtotie the knot can do so with up to six attendees.Returning to workEveryonewho"canworkfromhomemustdoso",butasthe"StayHome"orderisliftedthelanguagehaschangedtosaythat"people should continue to work from home where they can".However,theadviceremainsthatthenumberofjourneysshouldbeminimisedandpeopleshouldavoidtravelatpeaktimes.Itisexpected that the Government will issue further guidance on working home in the near future.______________________________________________________________________ELECTIONS: TheroadmapexplainsthatCovid-securecouncil,mayoralandpoliceandcrimecommissionerelectionswillgoaheadonMay6inEngland and Wales.TheGovernmentplanstoamendthecoronavirusregulations'toenableabroaderrangeofcampaign-relatedactivityfromMarch8,but it is essential that this still takes place in a Covid-Secure way, in line with guidance and the law'.______________________________________________________________________
‘The Cuckoo comes in April .. he sings his song in May ..In the middle of June he will change his tune .. in July he will fly away.’AndnowBirmingham's2,000-bedNightingalehospitalcommissionedbyNHSattheheightofthefirstwaveandbuiltatacostof £66million is to close without ever treating a single patient !Inthepastyearsinceitwascompletednotasinglepersonhasbeentreated,soit’sbeingshutdownforgoodnextmonthas coronavirus infection rates plummet will not necessarily be a loss .. other than the time, effort and expense involved.But didn’t we all feel safer, knowing that it was there ?_______________________________________________
Who will be ‘Brought To Account’ ?
The Public Accounts Committee could not have been more damning. This financial year £22 billion has been allocated to Test and Trace, with another £15 billion next year = £37,000,000,000.00.Atonepoint,morethan2,000consultantswereemployedontheprojectatanaveragecostof£1,100perday,andsomeon £6,624 (per day)Wehavebeenpayingthewagesof25,000tracers,evenwhentheyhavehadnothingtodo–atonestagelastyeartheywere being utilised just 1 per cent of their working hours.But then, no-one was / will / will ever be ‘bought-to-account for the debacles of •theBristolBrabazon(£3,400,000.00-at1953prices)-an8engined,propeller-poweredaircraft,ofwhichonlytheprototype flew, only the once•Tony Blair’s £10,000,000,000.00 failed I.T. system for the NHS•Test and Trace £37,000,000,000.00•HS2 £107,000,000,000.00 - according to Lord Berkeley of the government's independent review into the project.
as per 23rd April 2021
of LOCKDOWN UK
Total Virus Tests administered 143,949,153Positive tests (last 7 days) 17,296Mortalities: 150,841UK Deaths (per day) 18People vaccinated - 1st dose 33,257,651(as of 23 April 2021)- 2nd dose11,192,601Worcestershire cases33,271Worcestershire deaths805Wyre Forest cases5,557Worcester City cases6,075Wolverhampton cases 24,757Sandwell cases34,137Dudley cases26,744Birmingham cases101,093The Acute Hospital Trust covers Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Evesham Community Hospital as well as the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital.
Latest Wyre Forest Stats.
People tested positive in Wyre ForestLast 7 days19Patients admitted in Worcestershire Acute HospitalsLatest data at healthcare trust level provided on 18 April 2021Daily1Last 7 days5Deaths within 28 days of positive test in Wyre ForestLatest data at local authority (lower tier) level provided on 22 April 2021Daily0Last 7 days1