Coronavirus Analysis: Two Approaches To “Second Wave”

Two open letters sent to the UK’s four chief medical officers signal the polarisation of opinion among medical professionals over how the government should tackle the emerging “second wave” of covid-19. One group of doctors and academics is calling for segmentation and shielding of the most vulnerable groups of people rather than local or national … Continue reading Coronavirus Analysis: Two Approaches To “Second Wave”

Response from Calderdale Council to national restrictions announcement

In response to the Prime Minister’s statement on COVID-19 to the House of Commons yesterday, Calderdale Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Jane Scullion, said: “Once again, as a nation we’re seeing a worrying increase in COVID-19 rates. This is reflected in Calderdale, as sadly, infection rates are continuing to rise across the borough. The announcement by the … Continue reading Response from Calderdale Council to national restrictions announcement

Childcare exempt from interhousehold mixing restrictions

Informal childcare and caring arrangements will be allowed to continue across the nation, the Health Secretary announced on 21 September 2020 Informal carers will be able to provide care for children and vulnerable adults in parts of the country with restrictions on interhousehold mixing Children under 14 will be able to be cared for by … Continue reading Childcare exempt from interhousehold mixing restrictions

Statistics: Disabled People Account For 59% of COVID-19 Deaths

The Government has published an analysis of Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by disability status, in England and Wales during the period 2 March to 14 July 2020. It reveals just how vulnerable to to the virus people with various disabilities have been. We've published the main points of the analysis below, plus links to the … Continue reading Statistics: Disabled People Account For 59% of COVID-19 Deaths

Local Coronavirus Restrictions: All of Calderdale from 22 September

These are the Government's latest Local Restrictions, which will apply to all of Calderdale from 22 September 2020: Shielding If you are clinically extremely vulnerable we are not currently advising that you need to shield, however it is important that you continue to take precautions. Find out more from the general guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable … Continue reading Local Coronavirus Restrictions: All of Calderdale from 22 September

Coronavirus: Local Restrictions Return To All Of Calderdale

The Government has announced that local Coronavirus restrictions will be re-imposed throughout Calderdale, as from Tuesday 22 September. This means that wards in the Halifax constituency which were still subject to local restrictions, as well as the national restrictions, will retain these restrictions. Illingworth and Mixenden, Northowram and shelf, Ovenden, Park, Skircoat, Sowerby Bridge, Town, … Continue reading Coronavirus: Local Restrictions Return To All Of Calderdale

Operation Moonshot: BMJ Assesses Ambitious Testing Plans

The UK government’s plans to carry out up to 10 million covid-19 tests a day by early next year as part of a £100bn expansion of its national testing programme raise many questions. The BMJ's Gareth Iacobucci examines the leaked documents: What is Operation Moonshot? It refers to the government’s plan to deliver a mass … Continue reading Operation Moonshot: BMJ Assesses Ambitious Testing Plans