Coronavirus

This briefing focuses on local issues and updates from the County Council including Covid-19 vaccinations, Keep Hampshire Safe campaigns, new road signs and community engagement.


The briefing also provides an update on national guidance and announcements and the latest national data on vaccinations, cases and deaths.


Please note that the briefing will not be issued on Friday 29 January. The usual pattern will resume on Monday 1 February.

 

Members are kindly reminded to direct any coronavirus related queries and comments to the dedicated inbox - coronavirus.memberqueries@hants.gov.uk 

Edition No. 153

27 January 2021

Local context

Vaccination 

The County Council’s new vaccination webpage has gone live. It contains important information for residents on the vaccination programme in Hampshire including signposting to local resources and national guidance on the vaccination programme. It also promotes useful reminders to residents including registering with a GP to be invited for a vaccine, waiting to be contacted by the NHS and continuing to follow 'hands, face, space' guidance following vaccination to avoid putting others at risk.

 

Further information has also been added to the County Council’s Connect to Support Hampshire webpage on vaccinations including advice for people who may need help with transport to a vaccination appointment. They can contact their local community transport provider or Good Neighbours group as

many are offering vaccination transport services. Residents can also call the Coronavirus Support and Helpline for advice.

Stay home and stay safe

Community engagement 

Hampshire County Council continues to ensure that communication and engagement with residents is as effective and far reaching as possible. To that effect, engagement work on Covid-19 is ongoing with Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) stakeholders through focus groups and dedicated meetings with community leaders.

In addition, the County Council has used demographic profiles as well as MOSAIC data and has reviewed evidence and good practice to underpin a BAME communications plan. Upcoming work includes:

  • Adding translated advice and guidance on the County Council’s website including Nepali and other languages;
  • Linking with community engagement leads from district and borough councils and other partners to extend communications and feedback through local channels, including through a translated weekly Covid-19 bulletin launching soon;
  • Developing a network of Community Champions which will train and support a network of people in the community to address health inequalities.

Keep Hampshire Safe campaigns

The County Council continues to update and adapt campaigns as the pandemic evolves. This week, a new campaign has launched to make residents aware of the new Covid-19 variants and to remind them to keep following the government guidance of hands-face-space as well as key hygiene behaviours and maintaining good ventilation at home. Watch the new variants animation online here.

New road signs

The Authority is installing new highways signs to remind people of the importance of following the rules and to reinforce the hands-face-space message. This low cost, offline advertising is an effective way to ensure that the message is visible to more people.

 

Additionally, in appreciation and recognition of the ongoing hard work and commitment of all critical workers who are supporting the Covid-19 effort, Hampshire Highways and Skanska are installing a series of road signs in key locations near hospitals and care homes across the county to say ‘thank you’. Hampshire Highways are coordinating with Adults’ Health and Care to pinpoint the most appropriate locations for up to 20 signs.

thank you to our critical workers

National context

National Covid-19 cases, deaths and vaccines data

The NHS Covid-19 vaccination daily data shows that within the reporting period 8 December 2020 – 26 January 2021, a total of 6,221,850, people have received the 1st dose and a total of 444,011 people have received the 2nd dose. In the South East, a total of 983,816 people have received the 1st dose and a total of 76,803 people have received the 2nd dose. The data, including the weekly statistical release, is available to view online.

 

As of 4pm on 26 January, the total number of people tested positive for Covid-19 was 3,689,746 and daily number of lab-confirmed cases was 20,089. The total number of Covid-19 associated deaths within 28 days of a positive test was 100,162 with 1,631 deaths reported on the day. The data is available to view online.

                          

The R number range for the UK is 0.8-1.0 and the growth rate range -4% to -1% per day as of 22 January.

Communities

Prime Minister’s statement – 27 January

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a statement on the Government’s measures to safeguard the UK against Covid-19 today (27 January). In the statement, the Prime Minister offered his condolences to all those who have lost loved ones at the number of Covid-19 deaths surpassed 100,000. It was confirmed that the UK remains on track to achieve the target of offering a first dose to everyone in the top four priority groups by the middle of February.

 

It was confirmed that it will not be possible to re-open schools immediately after the February half term and that plans are now for them to reopen by 8 March, with other economic and social restrictions being removed thereafter. The Government will prolong arrangements for providing free school meals for those eligible children not in school – including food parcels and the national voucher scheme.

 

It was announced that all UK arrivals who arrive from Covid-19 hotspots will have to quarantine in government-provided hotels – further details are expected on this policy next week.

National League system

The Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, has announced that Steps 3-6 of the National League system will receive up to £10 million to protect the immediate future of approximately 850 clubs over the winter period.

Children and education

Traineeships

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced new £1000 cash support for businesses to help with the cost of providing a traineeship. The cash boost – which is available until 31 July 2021 - will aim to help businesses with the cost of providing a high-quality work placement for a trainee.

Laptops and devices

DfE has issued information about how many laptops and tablets have been delivered or dispatched to local authorities and academy trusts to support remote learning.

Schools reopening

The Children's Commissioner and Solace have written a joint letter to the Prime Minister urging him to set-out a roadmap for all pupils return to school. The letter does not call for a date to be set, but requests that the Government set out the key criteria that need to be met for schools to safely re-open, and what practical support will be needed within schools.

Adults' social care and public health

Virus variants

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that the UK will offer its genomics expertise to identify new variants of the virus that causes Covid-19 to countries who do not have the resources to do so.

Infection Survey

The Office for National Statistics has released the latest report which provides data about the characteristics of people testing positive for Covid-19 from the Infection Survey. This survey is being delivered in partnership with the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester, and Public Health England.

Economy, finance and business

Local government finance

MHCLG has updated the timetable for councils setting out when local government finance forms need to be submitted for 2021/22. The table includes the required format and the contact for each collection.

Companies House
Companies House has announced that they have temporarily paused voluntary and compulsory strike off processes for one month, from 21 January - 21 February 2021.

Additional links

Deborah Harkin

Assistant Chief Executive

 

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