South Derbyshire news update
The BBC is supporting home schooling with three hours of primary school programming on CBBC, and two hours for secondary pupils on BBC Two.
More information is available here: Lockdown Learning: BBC puts school materials on TV, iPlayer and online I BBC News.
Coronavirus cases in South Derbyshire
The latest figures show a worrying increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in South Derbyshire.
There were 522 cases of COVID-19 confirmed between 2 and 8 January compared to 410 cases in the previous week (26 December to 1 January).
The figures are a timely reminder to all of us to continue to follow all of the guidance currently in place, particularly: 'Hands, face, space'.
Coronavirus community testing
Please encourage friends and family to make use of the coronavirus community testing sites currently open in South Derbyshire.
The three community testing centres at Grove Hall, Midway Community Centre and Gresley Old Hall remain open each day: 9am to 7pm on weekdays (last admission 6.15pm) and 9am to 4pm at weekends (last admission 3.15pm).
The test is available for those over the age of 11 who live in Swadlincote and don't have symptoms. The testing will identify people with COVID-19, enable support for those who have to self-isolate and drive infection rates down in the County.
Changes to travel arrangements
Although non-essential travel is currently banned under the national lockdown restrictions, the Government has announced that from 4am on 18 January, if you do not present proof of a negative coronavirus test result, you may not be able to board any mode of transport to travel to England and could be fined £500 on arrival into England.
Entry to the UK is banned for passengers arriving from destinations across South (and Central) America, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde from today.
British, Irish and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK who arrive after 4am and have travelled from or transited through these destinations in the last 10 days will have to self-isolate immediately along with their household.
This is in response to recent evidence highlighting the likely spread of a new coronavirus variant in South America and to countries with strong travel links with Brazil. Further information is available here: Travel from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde banned to prevent spread of new variant I gov.uk
Supporting each other
With the lockdown in place, it is important we continue to take care of each other and support those who may be struggling.
The following tips come from the mental health charity MIND:
- Check in
Picking up the phone, having a video call, starting a group chat or messaging someone on social media lets them know you are there to talk and ready to listen.
- Listen and reflect
Whether you have a mental health problem or not, this will be a challenging time for our mental health and wellbeing. If someone opens up to you, remember that you don't need to fix things or offer advice. Often just listening, and showing you take them seriously, can help someone to manage.
- Ask questions
Ask how people are managing, and ask again if you're worried they aren't sharing the full picture. Asking again, with interest, can help someone to open up and explore what they're feeling.
Posted: Sat, 16 Jan 2021 19:10 by Parish Clerk