Councils break from government to bring back tougher Covid measures

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Local councils Residents have been asked to strictly follow covid Measures compared to national rules as government resists call alternative plan Contingency plan implemented amid rising infection.

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Authorities across the country have urged people in their areas to work from home and wear masks in schools to combat the spread of Covid.

Residents of Liverpool, Windsor and Suffolk are among those who have been asked by local public health teams to adhere to stringent measures amid concerns over Covid rates.


Earlier this week, the UK recorded more than 50,000 cases in a single day for the first time since July, while the average daily Covid hospital admissions in England rose to its highest level for nearly eight months.

The government has so far resisted calls from NHS owners to implement Plan B, a strict set of Covid measures to tackle the coronavirus that include mandatory mask wearing and appeals to work from home.

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But local councils are taking action amid fears of a winter crisis and a surge in cases.

Liverpool City Council has advised residents to work from home, while secondary school pupils are asked to wear face masks in communal areas in schools, with the exception of classrooms.

“With Covid-19 infections continuing to rise, and health and social care services already under extraordinary pressure, we are facing a very difficult winter,” said Matthew Ashton, the local director of public health.

“We’re also hoping that there could be higher levels of flu before Christmas.”

He added: “The time has come for us to take additional steps at the local level to prevent the winter crisis, so that we can continue our vital services.”

Also this week, headmasters in the Royal Boroughs of Windsor and Maidenhead were asked to bring back masks to communal areas and reduce the mixing of pupils.

“We strongly recommend that head teachers implement these advanced measures as soon as possible in addition to the current government’s guidance,” local public health officials said. said.

Bolton Council urged schools earlier this week to consider stricter Covid measures, including the wearing of face masks for pupils in Year 7 and above, as well as virtual assembly.

Schools in Walsall have also been advised to consider bringing back face masks for older students in communal areas, and for the re-introduction of “bubbles” – where children can be seen in groups to limit mixing with others. Is kept in – in younger years.

Stephen Gunther, director of public health for Walsall, said: “Again the high cases of covid-19 in Walsall – including those in the under-19 age group – we think it is time for schools to return to covid safe measures. It’s time to bring “

Suffolk Council this week asked schools to ask students and staff to wear face masks.

The government says local public health directors can advise schools to “temporarily restart” if there is a “substantial increase” in Covid cases in its setting or they are in targeted local areas for additional support .

Other councils and individual schools across the country, including in Devon and Cornwall, have already asked students to wear face coverings in schools during this period.

Granthshala previously reported schools were implementing their own strict test-and-trace system to limit the outbreak.

The health secretary, Sajid Javid, said on Wednesday that there are no plans to keep Plan B “for the time being”, adding that the pressure on the NHS is not yet “sustainable”.

Boris Johnson has also said the numbers were “high” but within the parameters “scientists had advised the government as they resisted calls for stricter Covid rules.”

A key member of a local council for health said he was “really disappointed” to hear that the government was not planning for stringent measures at the national level.

“We will soon be entering a winter period, which is always a challenging time for the most vulnerable members of our community and our health and care workers,” said North Somerset Council Deputy Leader Mike Bell.

“I would like action now to be taken to protect people before the rate of cases rise and get sick, and to ease the winter pressure on our hard-working care and health services.”

The World Health Organization has warned that a vaccine alone will not bring the world out of the pandemic.

“We really have to take other measures,” said spokeswoman Margaret Harris. times radio on Saturday.

“We have to be serious about not crowding. We have to wear a mask even when you are especially indoors. “

Mr Javid this week urged the public to follow the guidance on wearing face masks in crowded places.

A spokesman for the Department of Education said that protective measures at the school “striking a balance” between managing transmission risk, including regular Covid testing and vaccines for older staff and students, and minimizing disruptions. The bubble involves self-isolating by removing the need for close contacts”. And in most cases to cover the face.”

“We always knew the coming months would be challenging, so we worked out our plans for autumn and winter last month,” a government spokesman said.

He said the vaccination program had “significantly weakened the link between cases, hospitalizations and deaths” and would remain the “first line of defense” against Covid. The spokesperson also urged the eligible people to get booster jab.


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