Press release: Local COVID-19 alert level update: 15 October 2020

first_imgBackground informationOn 12 October, the government introduced a new, simplified framework for local interventions based around three new Local COVID Alert Levels.The postcode checker shows which alert level applies in each area. The NHS COVID-19 app will also direct people to this information.We have provided £3.7 billion of funding to local authorities in England to respond to pressures in all their services.The Prime Minister also announced on Monday 12 October additional COVID funding of around £1 billion which will provide local authorities with additional money to protect vital services. The government will set out further information in due course on how this new funding will be allocated.There is guidance on each local COVID alert levelThroughout the pandemic, the government has listened carefully to the views of the scientific community, in particular the information from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and its sub-groups when taking decisions on the best way to tackle the pandemic.Latest data by areaThe 7-day average case rate per 100,000 people today stands at: This means that for these areas, the following measures will be in place: people must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place people must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space people should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport London (all 32 boroughs and the City of London) Elmbridge Essex (area covered by Essex County Council only) Barrow-in-Furness York North East Derbyshire Erewash Chesterfield After close discussions with local leaders, the following areas will move from local COVID alert level: medium to local COVID alert level: high from Saturday 17 October 00:01:center_img These measures will be reviewed every 14 days to consider whether they are still appropriate.The rate of COVID-19 infections is rising rapidly across the UK. The ONS estimate that one in every 240 people in England had the virus in the week from 25 September to 1 October and that the numbers infected are doubling every seven to 12 days. Cases are not evenly spread, with infection rates rising more rapidly in some areas than others.In London, infection rates are on a steep upward path, with the number of cases detected through NHS Test and Trace doubling over the last ten days. The 7-day average case rate today stands at 97 per 100,000 people, rising sharply. In 13 boroughs the rate is now above 100 per 100,000 people, with Hackney at 134, Richmond upon Thames at 138 and Ealing at 144.The first peak demonstrated that the infection can spread fast and put huge pressure on the NHS. So having discussed with local leaders the government has taken the decision to act now to bring infection down.All available data for the areas that will move to local COVID alert level: high on Saturday has been assessed by the government, including the Health and Social Care Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), Public Health England (PHE), the Chief Medical Officer and the Cabinet Office. Data assessed includes incidence, test positivity and the growth rate of the virus.It is essential that these outbreaks are contained to protect lives and our NHS, and prevent greater economic damage in the future. We face a new challenge as we head into the winter, and we know that even mild cases of COVID-19 can have devastating consequences for people in all age groups, along with the risk of long COVID.Our strategy is to suppress the virus while supporting the economy, education and the NHS, until an effective vaccine is widely available. Local action is at the centre of our response, and engagement with local authorities is, and will continue to be, a key part of this process.Speaking in the House, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: I know that these restrictions are difficult for people. I hate the fact that we have to bring them in. But it is essential that we do bring them in, both to keep people safe, and to prevent greater economic damage in the future. When a virus is moving fast, we cannot stay still. And if we act collectively, we know we can control the virus, because we have done it before. London (all 32 boroughs and the City of London): 97 Elmbridge: 144 Essex (area covered by Essex County Council only): District rates range from 50 to 101 Barrow-in-Furness: 292 York: 260 North East Derbyshire: 174 Erewash: 165 Chesterfield: 140last_img read more

Howe school needs its own parking lot

first_imgGarner and Baker avenues, near the Plum Street intersection, have cars parked in front of our houses all day long.Wintertime creates an even bigger problem, with snowbanks making parking on the street more difficult.  There’s a fire hydrant in front of my house. Just about daily, I’m telling someone not to park there; it’s illegal.Some people argue. Most move. One man told me he had to park there because he had to talk on his phone. I do believe parking in front of hydrants is something that only emergency vehicles are permitted to do.  The school should provide adequate parking for all it employees. We want our streets back.Winifred BalzSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to online Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRegarding the Howe Magnet Elementary School parking issue: What were they thinking?  Last year, the school was shut down for major renovations.The one thing they didn’t do was to make a bigger parking lot for their staff and support personnel. So the staff (and support staff) park all over our neighborhood. They park on Plum Street — so it’s not a two-way street most of the day, as it becomes too narrow for cars to pass.  last_img read more

COVID-19: Jakarta medical workers still waiting for promised financial incentives

first_imgMedical workers treating COVID-19 patients in Jakarta have yet to receive the financial incentives promised by the government since March, after the country recorded its first confirmed cases.The director of Koja Regional General Hospital (RSUD) in North Jakarta, Banjar, said he had submitted the required documents for staff to receive the incentive, including copies of medical workers’ employee cards and accountability reports.”But our staff have still not received any payments,” Banjar said on Wednesday. It has been the same for medical staff at RSUD Pasar Minggu in South Jakarta. The hospital’s director, Yudi, confirmed the promised-incentives had yet to be disbursed.”Please ask the Jakarta Health Agency for further information regarding the delay,” Yudi said as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Government pledges to cut red tape to accelerate healthcare spendingThe central government has reportedly set aside Rp 5.9 trillion (US$396 million) for incentives for front-line healthcare workers across the country. Medical specialists will receive Rp 15 million per month, physicians and dentists Rp 10 million, while nurses and other medical staff members will get Rp 7.5 million and Rp 5 million, respectively. A total of Rp 300 million in compensation will also be provided in case of death.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto stated previously that the money would be disbursed starting from May yet progress has moved at a snail’s pace, drawing a rebuke from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. In a video released by the President’s press office in June, Jokowi delivered an uncharacteristically angry speech during a Cabinet meeting about the sluggish implementation of several policies, including the provision of financial incentives to health workers. Read also: Administrative issues hamper COVID-19 budget disbursement: Sri MulyaniJakarta Financial Management Body (BKPD) head Edy Sumantri said the administration was supposed to have received around Rp 92.9 billion to be channeled to the city’s medical workers. “However, we have only received Rp 56.2 billion so far, which has caused the delay,” Edy said, adding that he would seek the immediate disbursement of the remaining funds.In the meantime, the BKPD will process the funds it has received and disburse it to health workers. “We will start to pay the incentives next Monday,” Edy told kompas.com on Thursday. (vny)Topics :last_img read more