Census day is approaching and some people you know might be concerned about being able to complete the form online. You can order a paper form for them online at:- https://census.gov.uk/help/get-an-access-code-or-paper-census. This is also the place to get a continuation questionnaire if there will be more than 5 people in the house on census day, or an individual form if you or a member of your household wishes to complete a confidential one.
Confidential telephone help, including completing the form for you, is also available from Solihull Council on 0121 704 6005.
The latest data for Knowle (week ending 8 Feb 2021) shows 11 people tested positive for the virus. This represents a rate of 112.6 per 100,000 population (not that Knowle has that many!) which is slightly lower than the England average. The national rate is dropping significantly as is the death rate.
As of Fri 12th, 14,556.827 people in the UK had received their first vaccination and the age range being treated is dropping rapidly.
Message from Solihull’s Director of Public Health, Ruth Tennant
Our COVID infection figures are at last starting to see a significant reduction, down approximately 29%, thanks to your efforts in following the lockdown rules. We are now down to 353 infections per 100,000 with new cases falling to 778 each week in Solihull, and 16 of the borough’s 17 wards seeing a decrease.
This is great news, but it means it is even more important that we continue to stick to the current restrictions to keep driving our numbers down. 353 infections per 100,000 people seems better than the over 550 we were experiencing only a few weeks ago, but in early December it was only 153 and in August it was 12.
The decrease is welcome, but it is at a much slower rate than last year. We know our hospitals are still full of severely ill COVID patients and while the numbers are stable, there is still huge pressure on our local NHS colleagues.
The data for Knowle is somewhat better, but we still need to take all the precautions to drive the figures right down.
The Government has announced increased restrictions to control the ‘spike’ in infections. There are new general rules in England and further tightening for residents of Solihull, Birmingham and Sandwell due to local increases in cases.
When seeing friends and family you do not live with you should:
meet in groups of 6 or less
follow social distancing rules
limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time
meet people outdoors where practical: meeting people outdoors is safer than meeting people indoors because fresh air provides better ventilation