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Community Connectors 15 July 2021
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Lockdown rules to end on 19 July

The Government has confirmed we will move to the final stage of easing Coronavirus restrictions on 19 July.
The new rules are:

  • On 19 July, most legal restrictions will end, removing social distancing and social contact restrictions and enabling remaining businesses to reopen
  • People will still need to isolate if they test positive or if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

However, The Prime Minister urged us all to remain vigilant and to exercise caution. Current modelling suggests that COVID-19 cases will continue to rise as restrictions are eased. Hospital admissions, serious illness and deaths will also continue, albeit at a much lower level than before thanks to the vaccination programme.
Despite restrictions easing, face coverings will still need to be worn in all health settings in Kent, such as GP surgeries and hospitals, and KCC is encouraging us to continue wearing face coverings in all of its buildings, including libraries.
As restrictions are removed, we’re all being encouraged to test ourselves regularly and to test if we have any symptoms.
In September, the Government will begin a review to assess the country’s preparedness for autumn and winter, which will consider whether to continue or strengthen public and business safety guidance.
View the updated guidance

New marketing materials promote step 4 rules

As we move closer to 19 July, Public Health England (PHE) has released new social media marketing materials to explain how the new rules will work and to encourage behaviors to slow down the spread of the virus.
You can download the materials on the PHE website. Alternatively, look out for them on our social media accounts. As ever, we’d be grateful if you could help share the messages with your contacts.

Guidance on protecting clinically extremely vulnerable people

The guidance advises clinically extremely vulnerable people, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. However, it also suggests anyone who is at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they were to catch COVID-19 should take additional precautions when socialising, working and travelling.

View the guidance for clinically vulnerable people

Local vaccination news

Up to Monday 12 July 2021, 83,605 people of Sevenoaks District’s 102,007 adult population had received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 65,669 had received their second dose.

In Kent and Medway, 2,222,100 doses of the vaccine were given up to 11 July 2021

Visit the NHS website for local and national vaccination data.

COVID-19 infection data

The case rate in the District to 8 July increased to 246.8 per 100,000, compared to 149.1 on 30 June the previous week, and 61.3 the week before that. The 10 day count of positive cases in the District stands at 391, compared to 180 cases recorded at 30 June.

More than 8 million vaccines administered

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that more than 80 million COVID-19 vaccines have now been administered in the UK.

A total of 80,072,121 doses have been delivered, with 45,697,875 people receiving a first dose (86.8% of adults) and 34,374,246 people receiving both doses (65.3% of adults).

Every adult in England has now been offered at least one dose and the programme is accelerating further, with all adults able to reduce their vaccine dose interval from twelve to eight weeks. This will mean every adult has the chance to have two doses by mid-September.

 

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