Solihull's Director of Public Health, Ruth Tennant releases statement telling people to stay home and protect the NHS.
The COVID-19 infection figures are higher than they have ever been with 551 infections per 100,000. Many elderly people, often in their 60's or above have had their infection rate go up by 68% leaving hospitals under extreme pressure.
Ruth Tennant, Solihull's Director or Public Health has stated that, "We need to put the brakes on COVID now."
The new variant of the virus has been showing accounts for around 7 in 10 of all cases in the borough due to it being much more infectious than the previous.
For those who do have someone they live with or are tested to be positive, there are steps you must follow to protect yourself and those in your household:
- Isolate in different rooms to one another.
- Open windows to keep the rooms ventilated.
- Keep 2 metres apart.
- Keep rooms you share clean by using disinfectant, by spraying door handles, switches.
- Avoid touching things like towels or toothbrushes that other people use.
There's a clear indication that shared areas many include places like bathrooms or kitchens. It's important to remember that COVID-19 can last up to 5 days on doorknobs, jewelry and silverware while wood can last up to 4 days, this being furniture or decking.
Here is a list below of the amount of time COVID-19 can last on differing surfaces:
- Metal - 5 Days
- Wood - 4 Days
- Plastics - 2-3 Days
- Stainless Steel - 2-3 Days
- Cardboard - 24 Hours
- Copper - 4 Hours
- Aluminum - 2-8 Hours
- Glass - 5 Days
- Ceramics - 5 Days
- Paper - Varies on Strain/5 Days.
- Food - No spread.
- Water - No spread found.
It's overall recommended to clean things such as counters, tables, doorknobs, bathrooms, phones, keyboards, remotes and toilets.
Ruth continues to state, "The current lockdown will not last forever. We now have vaccines, drugs and treatments, that will help us to return to some measures of normality. It means we can look forward in the future to being with our family and friends once again. But we are not there yet and we need a big effort now."
The Millennium Pint in Birmingham has become operational in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccination to those who live within 30-45 minutes of the centre for those who haven't been booked in with a GP for a jab yet.