Real weekly Covid-19 Bulletin

Priority Covid-19 Information (14th May)

  1. Surge testing continues in the Borough: Tower Hamlets Council has done a great job responding quickly to the confirmed cases of the South African and Brazilian variant that were found in the Borough a couple of weeks ago.
    • These variants were identified in the area around E1 4 and E1 3 and some of E1 0, E1 1, E1 2, E1 5, E14 7, E2 0, E2 6, E3 4.
    • The Council are advising that everyone over the age of 11 in these areas who still hasn’t been tested yet, should get tested as soon as possible.
    • You can check your postcode here and find out if you are being asked to get a test.
    • For more information about these variants of concern and advice about how to get tested, visit the Council’s website.
  1. Local update in Tower Hamlets:
    • Just over 100,000 residents have now been vaccinated with their first dose.
    • 32,349 residents ​have had their second dose administered.
  1. Lockdown easing on 17th May: On Monday, people in England will see more restrictions lifted in step 3 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. From this date:
    • Restaurants, cafés and pubs will be able to serve people sitting at a table inside.
    • The rule of six will be extended to indoor areas, which means groups of six, or two households can meet in people’s homes.
    • For more information about what else you can do from this date, check out BBC Newround, or this easy read guide.
  1. Continued support for renters: The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government announced this week that renters will continue to be supported as national Covid-19 restrictions ease:
    • Four-month notice periods for most tenants until at least end of September.
    • Move will ensure renters are protected as we continue through the Roadmap.
    • For more information and to read the press release.
  1. Under 40s offered alternative to AstraZeneca: Last week, the government announced that patients aged 30-39 will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in addition to those aged under 30. This decision comes after scientists confirmed there was an elevated risk of a blood clot in younger age groups. The risk still remains extremely low. For more information, check out this article by GP Online.