Restrictions to be eased
- According to a government announcement, work from home guidance, COVID passports and mandatory wearing of face-masks are being scrapped in England,
- People will no longer be told to work from home and, from Thursday next week, mandatory mask-wearing and COVID certification will end.
- Self-isolation rules for people with coronavirus will end shortly. The legal requirement will lapse when the regulations expire on 24 March, and that date could be brought forward.
Response from the York Council
In response to today’s (19 January) statement from the Prime Minister that Plan B measures will expire on 26 January leaders at City of York Council have said:
Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said:
“It is welcome news that case rates are falling across the city as a result of the efforts of our incredible communities. Despite this, case rates are still higher across York than we would like.
Residents and businesses across the city have been incredible throughout the pandemic, and whilst it is welcome that some restrictions are being lifted next week, we ask that people continue to take as many precautions as they can to keep themselves and others safe.
“The COVID situation is considerably brighter than it has been in recent weeks and that is testament to our incredible NHS and frontline staff who are treating patients, administering vaccines and supporting our communities and businesses. I am sure they will continue to do all they can to keep people safe and stop COVID from spreading. I know that we will continue to do all we can to support schools, businesses and communities, as we have done throughout the pandemic.”
Fiona Phillips, Assistant Director for Public Health at City of York Council said:
“These changes have been made possible by the huge numbers of people across the city who have been vaccinated. Over 88% of people over the age of 16 in the city have had at least one dose, we are also seeing numbers of 12-15 year olds being vaccinated in the city increase which is encouraging. The vaccines are safe and effective and helping us through the pandemic. If you haven’t yet had your first jab or your booster, it’s not too late and every vaccine really does make a difference.
“No one wants restrictions on the way we live our lives. Despite a recent fall in cases in the city they remain higher than anyone would like.
As we move next week to having fewer restrictions we will be asking people to continue to take certain precautions to stop COVID from spreading, including continuing to wear a face covering in busy public spaces and all of the other things we have all gotten used to over the past two years; washing our hands, getting the vaccine and letting fresh air in if seeing friends indoors.
“Our testing sites and pharmacies across the city are continuing to hand out symptom-free tests too so please continue to use them so you can see your friends and family and support our local businesses safely. Find out more about symptom-free tests at www.york.gov.uk/SymptomFreeCovidTest”.
Hospitals and deaths
Two more hospital deaths have been announced. One occurred on Monday and one yesterday. The cumulative toll is now 762.
The latest government figures, covering the period up to 7th January 2022, and indicating the number of York residents who have died of COVID related causes. reveals that there have been 3 more fatalities. One occurred in a care home and two in a hospital. The cumulative toll is now 416.
318 positive tests results have been announced today. They bring the cumulative total up to 44,163
The number of cases in the City has reduced by 127 to 1800
The infection rate has fallen to 853.04. Recent test results tend to confirm that the infection rate is bottoming out. It is likely to remain around 850 for at least the remainder of this week.
407 booster jabs were undertaken yesterday (62.1% now completed)
- 3826 “Lateral Flow” tests were completed yesterday
Ten neighbourhoods now have infection rates below the 800 threshold