THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS ADVICE
What are the changes to the red list?
- Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mosambique, Nambibia, South Arica, Zambia and Zimbabwe have been added to the UK’s Travel Red List
If you arrived in England between midday 26th November and 4am 28th November and have been in any of the following countries in the previous 10 days, you must quarantine at home, or at alternative appropriate accommodation:
- South Africa
- If you arrived in England from any of these countries after 4am 28th November, you must follow standard red list rules. This means you must quarantine in a managed hotel, and take 2 COVID-19 tests
- The precautionary move follows the designation of a new Variant under Investigation by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)
For more information please visit: Red list of countries and territories – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
In addition to the above, Face masks will be mandatory in all shops and on public transport from Tuesday 30th November.
What if I’m travelling to the UK from another country?
Fully vaccinated passengers travelling to the UK from any non-red list country, no longer have to take a Covid test before setting off.
This applies to people vaccinated in the UK, the EU, the US, and dozens of other recognised countries – including Brazil, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, and Turkey.
You must be able to prove you are fully vaccinated.
Everyone under 18 – and resident in one of these countries – can also travel to the UK without taking a pre-departure test, whether or not they’ve been vaccinated.
What do I need to do on arrival?
All travellers – except children under five years old – still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.
The government says you should book this test before you travel.
You also need to complete a passenger locator form.
What if I’m unvaccinated?
If you aren’t fully vaccinated – and you’re 18 or over – you still have to self-isolate at home for 10 days after arrival in the UK.
You also need to
- take a PCR or lateral flow/antigen test (not a free NHS test) in the three days before you travel to the UK
- take a test on or before day two and on or after day eight after your return.
Test to Release will remain an option for unvaccinated passengers to England who want to shorten their quarantine.
Booster Jab roll-out from Monday 20th September:
It is said that the booster should be given at least six months after a person had their second dose – with the Pfizer-BioNTech jab recommended.
Those eligible include over-50s, younger adults with health conditions and frontline health and care workers.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid made the announcement in the Commons as part of an autumn and winter plan for managing Covid in England.
Scotland will begin offering booster jabs for the broader group from Monday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said. She said the programme “was intended to prolong the protection” of vaccines and will run alongside the flu vaccination programme.
Those eligible include over-50s, younger adults with health conditions and frontline health and care workers. It is said that the booster should be given at least 6 months after a person had their second dose – with the Pfizer-BioNTech jab recommended.
Source: BBC News website
Please note that although the majority of lockdown restrictions have been listed, we are still asking all our Live-in Carers and Nurses to please wear their masks to help prevent the spread of Covid.
Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 will be lifted at step 4. This means that when step 4 takes place:
- Face masks are manadatory in shops and on public transport from Tuesday 30th November
- You will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There will also be no limits on the number of people you can meet
- However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts
- Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces
- The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer
- There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others
- There will no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship
COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.
The NHS APP will also be updated to reflect the changes. For full details around the new guidelines and to understand what you can and can’t do, follow this link here >
Training at Consultus
The training team are continuing to offer four hour, socially distanced face-to-face practical training sessions as part of the carer induction and update courses. Carers undertaking their annual update training will complete three online courses and four Consultus virtual training topics before attending the practical moving & positioning and basic life support training at the Consultus training centre where there will be hand sanitisation, hand washing protocols in place, and a maximum of 5 carers attending each session.
Please click here for more information.
If you have any concerns about the Coronavirus please call the NHS 111 Service as this service provides up-to-date information about the Coronavirus. Anyone who is assessed as possibly having symptoms of the virus will be directed by the 111 service to a public health helpline and, if necessary, medical tests can be arranged and specific advice given.
Follow the below links for some helpful advice around the virus:
The BMJ latest guidelines for the Coronavirus
WATCH this useful video from the World Health Organisation on basic protective measures you can take against the virus.
Please read our updated guidance for those working in the homecare sector here>
Symptoms: The main symptoms of Covid are a cough, fever and a loss or change of sell/taste.
Preventing the spread of infection: As with the flu and common cold, the best way to help prevent infection is to maintain good hand and face hygiene; wash your hands regularly (alcohol gel can be used if hands are visibility soiled), and cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a tissue which is then thrown away. Where possible, avoid contact with people who have flu like symptoms: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/