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  1. Well said Ern, We have both been double jabbed but still avoid crowds and continue to minimise our travel around the country. Paranoid? No but still cautious and doing our bit to minimise covid-19 transmission. Whatever rules are imposed through the autumn and up to Christmas, we have already decided that we will continue to avoid visiting family or friends in their homes at least for the rest of the year. We are both keen to receive our booster covid-19 and flu jabs as soon as possible.
  2. COVID-19 vaccination: consent form for children and young people or parents Page summary: COVID-19 vaccination consent form for children and young people or parents and carers. Change made: Added revised consent forms. Time updated: 9:26am, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, analysis of populations in the UK by risk of testing positive for COVID-19: September 2021 Page summary: Analysis of populations in the UK by risk of testing positive for COVID-19 from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey. This survey is being delivered in partnership with University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England and Wellcome Trust. Change made: First published. Time updated: 9:30am, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) Page summary: Eligible health and social care providers can order PPE through the portal to meet the increased need that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Change made: Updated order limits for GPs, domiciliary care providers, residential care homes, pharmacies, dentists, orthodontists, optometrists, children’s care homes and secure homes, residential special schools, and non-residential special schools (which conduct aerosol-generating procedures), community drug and alcohol services and residential drug and alcohol services.Removed ‘nitrile’ from gloves for all providers. Time updated: 9:54am, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Page summary: What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Change made: We have updated the guidance on asymptomatic testing and accountability arrangements for this academic year. We’ve also updated the advice around clinically extremely vulnerable pupils and staff and added information on the vaccination of 12 to 17 year olds. Time updated: 10:53am, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Transport to schools and colleges during the COVID-19 pandemic Page summary: What those responsible for transport to schools and colleges will need to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. Change made: This guidance has been updated to reflect the changes to the schools guidance on asymptomatic testing. Time updated: 11:02am, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Page summary: Guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings. Change made: Updated information about vaccinations for 12 to 17 year olds, asymptomatic testing, under-18s that were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) and the end of the shielding programme. Time updated: 11:16am, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Page summary: Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made: Updated information about vaccinations for 12 to 17 year olds, asymptomatic testing, under-18s that were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) and the end of the shielding programme. Time updated: 11:16am, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Page summary: What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made: This guidance has been updated to reflect the September Review and ensure it is consistent with the changes to advice relating to those previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable, remove out of date information relating to the 2020 to 2021 academic year, and update guidance on educational visits. Time updated: 11:17am, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Responsibility for exams Page summary: Guidance for schools, colleges and exam centres on who should enter students for exams, the health arrangements for exams and the support DfE is providing. Change made: Updated ‘public health guidance to support exams for 2021 to 2022’ to remove content related to summer term 2021 exams and add information on the exam support service for autumn exams (including spring 2022 VTQ exams). Time updated: 11:21am, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing Page summary: Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. Change made: Updated the general list of providers. Time updated: 11:35am, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): assessment processes for selective school admissions Page summary: Guidance on entry testing for admission to state-funded selective schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Change made: This guidance has been updated to reflect the September Review and ensure it is consistent with the changes to advice relating to those previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable, remove out of date information relating to the 2020 to 2021 academic year, and update references from the 2014 School Admissions Code to the 2021 School Admissions Code. Time updated: 11:48am, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ New COVID-19 study Page summary: An actuary from GAD is one of a group of scientists and analysts who’ve published new research which shows certain groups of vaccinated people could still be at risk from COVID-19. Change made: First published. Time updated: 11:52am, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Special schools and other specialist settings: coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary: What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made: Updated SEND and specialist settings guidance to align with changes to advice for those who were previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable, remove out of date content, add advice on vaccines, and update information about remote education, dedicated transport, the contingency framework, testing, and the temporary education directive.Updated information on asymptomatic testing and contact tracing in the ‘rapid asymptomatic testing in specialist settings’ guidance. Time updated: 11:53am, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits for children's homes Page summary: Guidance on when to test children and staff, type of test that should be used, and how to order more tests. Change made: Updated to confirm that staff and secondary school pupils should continue LFD testing at home, the actions settings should take following PCR test results, and that children who were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable are no longer considered clinically extremely vulnerable. Also clarified how test kits can be reordered and that any queries should be directed to 119 NHS Test and Trace. Time updated: 12:02pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services Page summary: Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children. Change made: ADD CHANGE NOTE Time updated: 12:26pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19 Page summary: Information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges in 2021. Change made: Added information on universal vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds, updated sections on self-isolation, education recovery and guidance for critically extremely vulnerable children and young people to reflect that no under-18s are now considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable and all have been removed from the shielding patient list. Clarified the circumstances in which schools may be advised to reintroduce ‘bubbles’. Time updated: 12:46pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Higher education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary: Coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance for higher education providers. Change made: Updated advice on individuals previously considered as clinically extremely vulnerable, regular testing, vaccinations, students travelling from abroad, and travel linked to the Turing Scheme. Added ‘Quarantine arrangements for unaccompanied minors joining higher education providers in England’, which includes information on unaccompanied minors arriving from red list countries quarantining at their destination, including in HE providers’ accommodation. Time updated: 1:17pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): test kits for schools and FE providers Page summary: Guidance for schools and further education (FE) providers on the initial supply of coronavirus (COVID-19) home testing kits for pupils, teachers and staff. Change made: Update to clarify that when providing PCR test kits to pupils or students under 16, settings must inform parents or guardians. It also clarifies the actions to take following a positive result and confirms that fully vaccinated adults and children will not need to self-isolate as a result of being a close contact but will need to take a PCR test. Time updated: 1:18pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Page summary: Find out what you’ll need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to maintain provision. Change made: Guidance updated as follows: confirmation that no under-18s are now considered to be CEV; guidance for CEV staff and students; confirmed new guidance for unaccompanied minors from red list countries; information on connectivity grants, exam support service for the 2021 autumn exam series, ESFA AEB grant funding, high needs funding and VTQ qualifications in 2021 to 2022. Time updated: 1:23pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test if you’re an HGV or van driver Page summary: COVID-19 testing for hauliers arriving in England and travelling from the UK. Change made: The COVID-19 test requirement for hauliers entering Germany has been lifted. Time updated: 1:44pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ School attendance: guidance for schools Page summary: Covers registers and attendance codes (including circumstances due to coronavirus (COVID-19)), school hours and term dates and improving school attendance. Change made: Addendum: removed information about under-18s that were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV). Time updated: 1:48pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Unaccompanied minors arriving from a red list country to attend boarding school Page summary: How unaccompanied students under 18 years old can quarantine in boarding school accommodation. Change made: First published. Time updated: 2:50pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ UKHSA publishes new recommendations for COVID-19 infection prevention and control Page summary: UKHSA has recommended 3 pragmatic changes to the current management of COVID-19 IPC measures, with a focus on elective care. Change made: First published. Time updated: 3:28pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ UKHSA review into IPC guidance Page summary: Recommendations for changes to COVID-19 infection prevention and control (IPC) advice to help ease pressure on the NHS. Change made: First published. Time updated: 3:32pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ DVLA Coronavirus (COVID-19) update Page summary: Find out the date of applications we are processing and how to access our online services. Change made: Update to processing dates table. Time updated: 3:50pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR home test kit instructions Page summary: Find out how to do a PCR test for COVID-19 at home and register a test kit so you can get the result. Change made: Updated to include information about the InterpreterNow service and that 119 provides support in 200 languages. Time updated: 4:24pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Regulatory approval of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 Page summary: Information for healthcare professionals and the public about the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Change made: Extended vaccine shelf life from 6 months to now 9 months. Time updated: 5:02pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Proposal for mandatory COVID certification in a Plan B scenario: call for evidence Page summary: The government invites responses to the detail on the proposed certification regime which could be introduced as part of Plan B. This opportunity for engagement will enable the government to take into account relevant comments and views, and make any warranted revisions. Change made: First published. Time updated: 7:01pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Proposal for mandatory COVID certification in a Plan B scenario Page summary: This document fulfils the commitment, set out in the Autumn and Winter Plan, to provide organisations with more detail about the proposed certification regime that would be introduced as part of Plan B. Change made: First published. Time updated: 7:02pm, 27 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ International road haulage: HGV and trailer documents Page summary: Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and trailer documents you need to legally cross international borders in a UK-registered vehicle. Change made: Changed GB stickers to UK stickers as you’ll need to use a UK sticker on your vehicle to drive abroad. Time updated: 12:00am, 28 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ International bus or coach services and tours: vehicle documents Page summary: Check which vehicle documents you need to carry if you drive a bus or coach across international borders. Change made: Changed GB stickers to UK stickers as you’ll need to use a UK sticker on your vehicle to drive abroad. Time updated: 12:00am, 28 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Kicking COVID into touch: Rugby stars support vaccine roll out Page summary: Rugby players urge people to get their COVID-19 vaccine in new short film Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:15am, 28 September 2021 __________________________________________________________
  3. There was a time when I could go to our local office and receive a professional response. I now have to write to Swansea when I will invariably wait many weeks for a response. You may have a different opinion of the DVLA if you had as much hassle as I have in recent years. I am still waiting for a replacement driving licence that was requested almost two months ago . . . Service? Pha! That went out years ago with the introduction of the centralised office in Swansea. One point of contact means that they can hold the country to ransom at the drop of a hat. I therefore repeat that I hold the DVLA office in very low esteem, and if there were an alternative, I most certainly would have nothing to do with the Swansea office again.
  4. I tend to agree with you LE however I felt the immediate impact on both motorists pockets and the environment was worth mentioning in order to maintain a balance in the discussion. Not all change is necessarily positive in overall.
  5. While I totally understand and agree with the principle of reducing our carbon footprint, I am not convinced that the change to E10 fuel is necessarily the best approach overall for petrol powered cars. Since the change to E10 fuel (in place of E5) the average fuel consumption of one of our vehicles has now dropped from 31mpg to 24.5mpg and it is also interesting to note that the only UK refinery for the bio-additive has closed and the environmental costs of shipping additives from other parts of the world negates any environmental benefit. So not only are we now running less efficient vehicles, we may not improve our carbon footprint either, and we are paying more at the pump for both E10 compatible engines (typically 3p/ltr) and excessively more (I am paying 15p/ltr) for engines that require E5 fuel. See my earlier link.
  6. 2seaside, I took the decision back in the 1970s NOT to buy another newspaper because of the biased nature of much of the reporting, and have kept to that decision. Steamdrivenandy, I totally agree that today's gutter-press is less influential that the ill-informed posting on social media. Ern, I hold the DVLA in very low esteem as their own bureaucracy has been permitted to rule over common sense and customer service. Why on earth the local DVLA offices were ever closed in favour of "putting all their eggs in one basket" remains a mystery to me. As soon as you have a monopoly - sooner or later inefficiency is guaranteed. If there was an alternative agency through which UK vehicle registrations and licence issues etc., could be administered, then I for one would be first in the queue.
  7. I have always run my vehicles until below a quarter full, then filled up . . . and repeat! I see no reason to change that BUT if restrictions are imposed over the amount that can be purchased in one session, then to be honest, I will be inclined to fill up sooner. Currently I am running a neighbour to hospital three times a week for dialysis; a total of up to 80 miles return per visit, so while I normally use LPG, I am currently using petrol because of having to transport a wheel chair and a passenger with restricted movement, in a vehicle that does not run on LPG. Instead it runs on E5 fuel at £1.43 a litre instead of the previous price of £1.28 prior to the introduction of E10 fuel that unfortunately is not compatible with the car.
  8. Hardship arrangements for those unable to pay for managed quarantine or testing Page summary: Details of financial support if you can’t afford the managed quarantine and testing fees associated with travel. Find out who is eligible and how to apply. Change made: First published. Time updated: 11:35am, 25 September 2021 __________________________________________________________
  9. Sadly I cannot use E10 in our vehicles, consequently the price I now have to pay at the pump has increased from £1.28 a litre to £1.43 a litre just to continue using E5 fuel that is now laughingly classed as 'super'. In addition, I now have to travel further from our home to seek out suppliers of E5 as the local supermarkets currently are not stocking E5 unleaded. Talking to a local taxi driver yesterday, I was told that some of their cars are petrol powered, and any fuel increase will be passed on to their customers in the form of increased fares for all, regardless of the fuel used in the particular vehicle used. At the moment the cost remains too high but I would seriously consider an EV if the technology allowed greater distances between charges and / or quicker charge times. Currently in my opinion they simply are not fit for purpose for anything but relatively local journeys. Link to FBHVC where it states, "The Federation will also seek reassurance that historic vehicle owners will not be financially penalised at the pump when purchasing protection grade fuel and that its availability will not be time limited."
  10. Guidance The R value and growth rate Latest R range for England 0.8 to 1.0 Latest growth rate range for England -3% to -1% The latest ranges for R values and growth rates in the devolved administrations are published on their respective websites: R value and growth rate for Wales (Cymraeg) R value and growth rate for Scotland R value for Northern Ireland Published 24 September 2021 Link to source ______________________________________________________
  11. Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person Page summary: Guidance for contacts of a person with a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) who do not live with that person. Change made: Updated easy-read version. Time updated: 9:08am, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection Page summary: Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Change made: Updated easy-read version. Time updated: 9:08am, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Deaths Registered in Northern Ireland – Week ending 17th September 2021 Page summary: Deaths Registered in Northern Ireland – Week ending 17th September 2021 Change made: First published. Time updated: 9:30am, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 24 September 2021 Page summary: Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain. Change made: First published. Time updated: 9:30am, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 variants: genomically confirmed case numbers Page summary: Genomically confirmed case numbers for SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants under investigation. Change made: Added data up to 22 September 2021. Time updated: 9:30am, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing Page summary: Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. Change made: Updated the general list of providers. Time updated: 10:09am, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Exemptions from managed quarantine for medical and compassionate reasons Page summary: Who does not need to go into managed quarantine on arrival in the UK because of a medical or compassionate reason, and how to apply for an exemption. Change made: Added content on the quarantine and testing requirements for people with a medical or compassionate exemption who are quarantining at home after being in a red list country, including the rules for their household. Time updated: 10:34am, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Consensus statements on COVID-19 Page summary: Consensus statements from the UK Health Security Agency’s Epidemiology Modelling Review Group (EMRG). Change made: Added consensus statement for 8 September 2021. Time updated: 11:00am, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 24 September 2021 Page summary: Estimates for England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. This survey is being delivered in partnership with University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England, and Wellcome Trust. Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:00pm, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey – Northern Ireland, 24 September 2021 Page summary: This report presents the latest findings for Northern Ireland from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey. Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:00pm, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus England briefing, 23 September 2021 Page summary: Latest epidemiological data used by the government to brief MPs on the roadmap out of lockdown and to inform decision-making in response to COVID-19 outbreaks. Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:35pm, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus data informing local and national decision-making Page summary: The Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) provides evidence-based, objective analysis to inform local and national decision-making in response to COVID-19 outbreaks. Change made: Added latest report (23 September 2021). Time updated: 1:02pm, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ SPI-M-O: Medium-term projections, 15 September 2021 Page summary: Medium-term projections prepared by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O). Change made: First published. Time updated: 1:30pm, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ SAGE meetings, September 2021 Page summary: Minutes and papers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) meetings held in September 2021. Change made: Added 1 paper to SAGE 95. Time updated: 1:30pm, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ PHE: SARS-COV-2 Variants in risk assessment grid, 8 September 2021 Page summary: Paper prepared by Public Health England (PHE). Change made: First published. Time updated: 1:30pm, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ The R value and growth rate Page summary: The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made: The R range for England is 0.8 to 1.0 and the growth rate range for England is -3% to -1% per day as of 24 September 2021. Time updated: 1:30pm, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody test kit: guides in different languages Page summary: Step-by-step guide available in different languages on how to take your coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody test. Change made: Updated to add a Welsh version of the translation. Time updated: 5:07pm, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult social care settings Page summary: Outlines the COVID-19 testing available for testing staff, residents and visitors for all adult social care settings. Change made: Updated to reflect changes to policy when there is one case of COVID-19 in a care home, rapid lateral flow testing frequency, changes to policy when there are 2 or more cases of COVID-19 in a care home and changes to ending outbreak restrictions, when they can lifted and ongoing testing after this period. Time updated: 5:30pm, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Unaccompanied higher and further education students under 18 arriving from a red list country Page summary: Where you can quarantine if you are an unaccompanied student under the age of 18 arriving in England from a red list country. Change made: Added content stating that if an unaccompanied student under 18 quarantines with a host family after arriving in England from a red list country, the entire household must isolate with the student. Time updated: 6:02pm, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________
  12. Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing Page summary: Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. Change made: Updated the general list of providers. Time updated: 10:51am, 23 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 9 September to 15 September 2021 Page summary: Experimental statistics on NHS Test and Trace since its launch on 28 May 2020. Includes reports on NHS Test and Trace (people tested and contact tracing) and rapid (lateral flow device) testing for people without symptoms. Change made: First published. Time updated: 11:00am, 23 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Regulatory approval of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen Page summary: Information for healthcare professionals and the public about the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen Change made: Updated the patient information leaflet for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen Time updated: 12:02pm, 23 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Excess mortality in England: weekly reports Page summary: Weekly excess mortality in England – broken down by age, sex, geographical areas, ethnic group, level of deprivation, cause of death and place of death. Change made: New update on interactive dashboard. Time updated: 2:00pm, 23 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccine surveillance reports Page summary: Data on the real-world effectiveness and impact of the COVID-19 vaccines. Change made: Added week 38 report. Time updated: 2:00pm, 23 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Weekly national flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports published Page summary: National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses. Change made: Added latest update. Time updated: 1:58pm, 23 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine adverse reactions Page summary: A weekly report covering adverse reactions to approved COVID-19 vaccines Change made: Updated figures up to and including 15 September Time updated: 4:11pm, 23 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary: This guidance aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic. Change made: Updated line on returning to workplaces and removed references to groups who were previously identified as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’, as the shielding programme has now ended. Time updated: 4:42pm, 23 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Red, amber, green lists: check the rules for travel to England from abroad Page summary: Countries listed as red, amber or green for coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow for travel to England. Change made: Countries currently approved for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials updated. Time updated: 5:13pm, 23 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kit instructions for throat and nose test Page summary: Step-by-step guide on how to do a COVID-19 rapid throat and nose test at home for yourself (or a child) and report the results. Rapid tests are only for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Change made: Updated guides and translations; amended information about test kit instructions in the details section. Time updated: 5:17pm, 23 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ NHS COVID Pass Page summary: How to get the NHS COVID Pass and demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) status when travelling abroad and domestically at events and venues in England. Change made: From 23 September, you will be able to store your NHS COVID Pass for international travel in Apple Wallet, even if your device is offline. Time updated: 6:00pm, 23 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ How to quarantine and test at home if you've been in a red list country and have permission to quarantine at home Page summary: Quarantine and testing requirements for people allowed to quarantine at home after arriving in England from a red list country, including rules for their households Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:15am, 24 September 2021 __________________________________________________________
  13. Red, amber, green lists: check the rules for travel to England from abroad Page summary: Countries listed as red, amber or green for coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow for travel to England. Change made: UAE added to list of approved vaccination programmes from 4 October. Time updated: 9:02am, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19, UK: 22 September 2021 Page summary: This release provides data about the characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 from the COVID-19 Infection Survey. This analysis has been produced in partnership with University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England, and Wellcome Trust. This study is jointly led by the ONS and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) working with the University of Oxford and Lighthouse Laboratory to collect and test samples. Change made: First published. Time updated: 9:30am, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Haulier coronavirus testing Page summary: To monitor the number of tests delivered and the positivity rate of the tests. Change made: Latest data table added. Time updated: 9:30am, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Page summary: To monitor the use of the transport system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. DfT provides statistics on transport use by mode. Change made: Latest data table added. Time updated: 9:30am, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Live Events Reinsurance Scheme Page summary: Scheme rules for the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme have been published by DCMS. Change made: Published full scheme rules. Time updated: 10:00am, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities Page summary: Non-statutory guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the private and social rented sectors in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made: Updated guidance following Prime Minister’s statement on the autumn and winter plan. Time updated: 10:05am, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing Page summary: Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. Change made: Updated the general list of providers. Time updated: 10:45am, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Day 2 and day 8 testing for international arrivals: minimum standards for providers Page summary: Sets out the minimum standards that private sector providers must meet for the COVID-19 tests for people arriving in England. Change made: Updated lab turnaround times for samples to be processed (in sections 23 and 27). Time updated: 10:57am, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses Page summary: Local authorities have received and distributed funding to support small and medium businesses in England during coronavirus. Change made: Added the latest estimates by local authorities for payments made under these grant programmes: Additional Restrictions Grant, Restart Grant. Data collection for Restart Grant has now ended. Time updated: 11:45am, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers Page summary: Walking, cycling and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak. Change made: Updated guidance about face coverings – you should wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed areas where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet. Time updated: 12:35pm, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators and people who work in or from vehicles Page summary: Safer working principles and risk assessment for transport operators and organisations, and people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles. Change made: Updated guidance on face coverings, who should be at work and protecting people who are at higher risk. Time updated: 12:37pm, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for hospices Page summary: Sets out how hospices can access COVID-19 testing for staff and patients on-site, for staff visiting patients in their own homes, and for visitors to hospices. Change made: Updated to include information on testing for patient facing volunteers. Time updated: 3:09pm, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Scientific evidence supporting the government response to coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary: Evidence considered by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Change made: Added link to September 2021 SAGE document collection. Time updated: 3:30pm, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus Act report: September 2021 Page summary: The ninth two-monthly report on which powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 are currently active. Change made: First published. Time updated: 4:16pm, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus Act reports Page summary: Two-monthly and yearly reports on which powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 are currently active. Change made: Added the September 2021 report to the page. Time updated: 4:17pm, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ First UK manufactured rapid tests deployed across England Page summary: The first UK-manufactured lateral flow devices or LFDs are being rolled out to universities across England. Change made: First published. Time updated: 5:42pm, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccination programme Page summary: Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. Change made: Added COVID-19: provision of immunisation sessions for outbreaks in schools. Time updated: 6:00pm, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________
  14. This may be of interest, although I have not checked the details against any "official" websites: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/green-motoring/2018-08/older-cars-banned-from-large-parts-of-france
  15. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Safer public places – managing public outdoor settings Page summary: Guidance for local authorities, owners and operators to support the safe use and management of outdoor public places while the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains. Change made: Revised in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement of the COVID-19 response: Autumn and Winter plan. Time updated: 9:21am, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and household emissions Page summary: Looks at emissions by Standard Industrial Classification at the Section level, to show the impact of the measures to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the long-term story of emissions levels in the UK. Change made: First published. Time updated: 9:30am, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ National Reference Test 2022 – information for schools Page summary: Information provided by NFER to schools taking part in the 2022 National Reference Test. Change made: First published. Time updated: 10:00am, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccination: consent form for children and young people or parents Page summary: COVID-19 vaccination consent form for children and young people or parents and carers. Change made: First published. Time updated: 10:19am, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccination programme Page summary: Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. Change made: Added COVID-19 vaccination: consent form for children and young people or parents. Time updated: 10:19am, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing Page summary: Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. Change made: Updated the general list of providers. Time updated: 10:20am, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19: provision of night shelters Page summary: Operating principles for commissioners and providers of night shelters for people experiencing rough sleeping. Change made: Revised in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement of the COVID-19 response: Autumn and Winter plan. Time updated: 10:49am, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Moving home during coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary: Guidance for those working within the home buying and selling process and those moving home. Change made: Revised in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement of the COVID-19 response: Autumn and Winter plan. Time updated: 10:55am, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Temporary Nightingale courts and extra court capacity Page summary: A list of additional courtrooms set up to support the justice system. Change made: New location at Monument added. Time updated: 11:00am, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March 2020 to 16 September 2021 Page summary: A summary of attendance in education settings up to 16 September 2021. Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:00pm, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Page summary: Attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March 2020 and early years settings since Thursday 16 April 2020. Change made: Added ‘Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March 2020 to 16 September 2021’. Time updated: 12:00pm, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ National protocol for Comirnaty® COVID-19 mRNA vaccine Page summary: This protocol is for the administration of Comirnaty® COVID-19 mRNA vaccine to individuals in accordance with the national COVID-19 vaccination programme. Change made: Added version 02.00 – (details of changes on page 2). Time updated: 1:07pm, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus COVID-19 serology and viral detection tests: technical validation reports Page summary: Findings from technical validations and in-service valuations reviewed by the Technical Validation Group. Change made: Added technical validation report for Roche Cobas SARS CoV-2 + Influenza A/B for the Cobas Liat System. Time updated: 1:12pm, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Page summary: A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19. Change made: The ESF COVID-19 Q & A Background and Question one has been updated, Questions 3, 12 16, 17 and 24 have been closed. Time updated: 1:25pm, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ National protocol for COVID-19 mRNA vaccine BNT162b2 (Pfizer/BioNTech) Page summary: This protocol is for the administration of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine BNT162b2 to individuals in accordance with the national COVID-19 vaccination programme. Change made: Added version 05.00 (details of changes on page 4). Time updated: 1:28pm, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Assessment and procurement of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests Page summary: How the government assesses offers of COVID-19 tests from developers for procurement and use in the UK. Change made: Added new test: SARS CoV-2 + Influenza A/B (Roche Cobas Liat) to the ‘Validated technology’ table in ‘National technical validation process for manufacturers of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) tests’. Time updated: 2:06pm, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Medical devices given exceptional use authorisations during the COVID-19 pandemic Page summary: List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA. The list also includes manufacturers whose exemption expired or was cancelled. This information will be listed for 2 months after expiry or cancellation. Change made: New entries and edits to both ‘List of medical devices given exceptional use authorisations’ and ‘List of medical devices that are no longer covered by an exceptional use authorisation’ HTML links. Time updated: 4:12pm, 21 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Quarantine and testing if you've been in an amber list country Page summary: What to do before and after you arrive in England if you’ve been in an amber list country in the 10 days before you arrive. Change made: Added information on mixed 2 dose vaccines, which are now permitted if you’re vaccinated under the UK, Europe, USA or UK overseas vaccination programmes. Time updated: 4:00am, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Red, amber, green lists: check the rules for travel to England from abroad Page summary: Countries listed as red, amber or green for coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow for travel to England. Change made: Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkey move to the amber list. New rules for 4 October on under 18s and the use of 2 different vaccines for fully vaccinated travellers made clearer. Time updated: 4:00am, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions Page summary: Jobs that qualify for exemptions from quarantine, passenger locator form or COVID testing requirements. Change made: New exemptions for film and high-end television production activities, foreign policing, performing arts professionals and seasonal poultry workers. Time updated: 4:00am, 22 September 2021 __________________________________________________________
  16. While some cars allow one side light at front, and another at the rear to be illuminated if the indicator arm is set to left or right, with the ignition off, I vividly remember my father using a parking light that clipped over the top of a side window, and was powered by a lead clipped connected directly to the car battery under the bonnet (no cigarette lighter sockets in those days). I also used to have a small adaptor that fitted between the 12N and the 12S sockets of our caravans. This allowed 12V from the leisure battery to be used to temporarily power the front and rear side lights of the caravan, when detached from the towing vehicle. From memory I believe this gadget was produced by Hella.
  17. Tell HMRC about an option to tax land and buildings Page summary: Use form VAT1614A to tell HMRC of an option to tax land or buildings. Change made: Form VAT1614A has been updated. Time updated: 8:25am, 20 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 infection rates by socio-demographic characteristics, England: 1 September 2020 to 25 July 2021 Page summary: Analysis of weekly age-standardised infection rates for coronavirus (COVID-19) in England by various socio-demographic characteristics between 1 September 2020 and 25 July 2021. Includes estimates of positivity rates by ethnic group, religion, country of birth, socio-economic status, disability, and area deprivation. Change made: First published. Time updated: 9:30am, 20 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Reported coronavirus (COVID-19) notifications by registered early years and childcare settings Page summary: This data is published fortnightly. It gives the number of registered early years and childcare providers reporting one or more confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) by week. Change made: Added data for weeks beginning 23 and 30 August. Time updated: 9:30am, 20 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Health Profile for England: 2021 Page summary: The fourth annual profile combining data and knowledge with information from other sources to give a broad picture of the health of people in England in 2021. Change made: Added Health Profile for England blog. Time updated: 9:42am, 20 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing Page summary: Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. Change made: Updated the general list of providers. Time updated: 10:57am, 20 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19): Office of the Public Guardian response Page summary: This page provides guidance on how OPG is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be updated when new information is available. Change made: Updates to English page to reflect guideline changes on 14 September, and to Welsh page to link to new English plan. Time updated: 11:38am, 20 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak Page summary: If you want to make an LPA now, you can as long as you follow government guidance on social distancing and self-isolating. Change made: Updates to English page to reflect guideline changes on 14 September, and to Welsh page to link to new English plan. Time updated: 11:40am, 20 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Being a deputy or attorney during the coronavirus outbreak Page summary: Find out how you can continue to act in the best interests of the client or donor, during the pandemic. Change made: Updates to English page to reflect guideline changes on 14 September, and to Welsh page to link to new English plan. Time updated: 11:45am, 20 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ The lived experience of disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic Page summary: Findings from research into the experiences of disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Change made: Added the following formats: British Sign Language (BSL), Easy Read, large print, and Welsh translation. Time updated: 3:04pm, 20 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ DVLA Coronavirus (COVID-19) update Page summary: Find out the date of applications we are processing and how to access our online services. Change made: Updated processing dates table. Time updated: 3:13pm, 20 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19: guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable Page summary: Information for protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made: Updated to reflect the end of the shielding programme. Time updated: 3:37pm, 20 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Final Global Travel Taskforce: checkpoint and red list changes Page summary: The rules for international travel to England will change on 4 October 2021 in light of the success of the UK’s domestic vaccine rollout. Change made: First published. Time updated: 5:52pm, 20 September 2021 __________________________________________________________
  18. Considering your comments: We have used VW campers and appreciate the sliding door can be noisy - but as I have stated elsewhere on the forum, there are other doors in the cab area that can be used by considerate campers. I am capable of driving well into the side of the road with our MHs, and often find I am brushing the hedge with my NS mirror to leave an excessively large space that a bus could get through, for a solo car, if only the driver was confident and competent. I do respect other people's pitches - as we all should in my opinion. I'm happy to speak to anybody on a site. Unfortunately not all wish to communicate, and we have to respect that. My comments relate to a time before the coronavirus struck, so I cannot speak for the latest influx of new MH owners. We have always treated our MHs in exactly the same way as our caravans. That is to say that we go to a site, park there and use a car (or pushbikes) for exploring the area. The last two cars we have used for this are shown below. Very rarely have we used the dedicated MH services on campsites, although we do appreciate hard standing, and an EHU. When we used caravans, we regularly trundled an Aquaroll, Wastemaster and loo cassette back and forth but these days as the onboard tanks last a couple of weeks, unless away for longer then filling and emptying water is mostly carried out at home.
  19. Guidance The R value and growth rate Latest R range for England 0.9 to 1.1 Latest growth rate range for England -1% to +1% The latest ranges for R values and growth rates in the devolved administrations are published on their respective websites: R value and growth rate for Wales (Cymraeg) R value and growth rate for Scotland R value for Northern Ireland Published 167 September 2021 Link to source ______________________________________________________ News story New system for international travel Eight countries will move from the red list on 22 September and the rules for international travel to England will change on 4 October 2021. new clearer travel system: red list and rest of world simpler, cheaper rules for fully vaccinated travellers coming from non-red list countries – fully vaccinated passengers will be able to replace day 2 PCR tests with cheaper lateral flow tests – from the end of October – and no longer need to take pre-departure tests (PDTs) 8 destinations removed from red list including Turkey and Pakistan government recognises full vaccinations from a further 17 countries and territories including Japan and Singapore The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has today (17 September 2021) announced a simplified system for international travel in light of the success of the UK’s domestic vaccine rollout, providing greater stability for industry and passengers. The current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries and territories which will continue to be crucial in order to protect public health, and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world from Monday 4 October at 4am. Testing requirements will also be reduced for eligible fully vaccinated travellers, who will no longer need to take a PDT when travelling to England from Monday 4 October 4am. From the end of October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries will be able to replace their day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing the cost of tests on arrival into England. The government wants to introduce this by the end of October, aiming to have it in place for when people return from half-term breaks. Anyone testing positive will need to isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test, at no additional cost to the traveller, which would be genomically sequenced to help identify new variants. Testing for unvaccinated passengers from non-red countries will include pre-departure tests, day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. Test to release remains an option to reduce self-isolation period. From 4 October, England will welcome fully vaccinated travellers from a host of new countries – who will be treated like returning fully vaccinated UK travellers – including 17 countries and territories such as Japan and Singapore, following the success of an existing pilot with the US and Europe. Grant Shapps Transport Secretary said: "Today’s changes mean a simpler, more straightforward system. One with less testing and lower costs, allowing more people to travel, see loved ones or conduct business around the world while providing a boost for the travel industry." "Public health has always been at the heart of our international travel policy and with more than 8 in 10 adults vaccinated in the UK, we are now able to introduce a proportionate updated structure that reflects the new landscape." Part of the third Global Travel Taskforce checkpoint review, today’s update reiterates the government’s focus on protecting its borders from the most dangerous variants and ensures continuity for industry and passengers the remainder of the year. We will look to set out a further review for the UK’s international travel policy early in the new year to provide further certainty for the spring and summer 2022 seasons. Conducting the final regular traffic light review before the switch to the new two-tiered system, several additional countries and territories will move off the red list – Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya. Changes will come into effect at 4am Wednesday 22 September. Passengers who aren’t recognised as being fully vaccinated with authorised vaccines and certificates under England’s international travel rules, will still have to take a pre-departure test, a day 2 and day 8 PCR test and self-isolate for 10 days upon their return from a non-red list country under the new two-tiered travel programme. Test to Release will remain an option for unvaccinated passengers who wish to shorten their isolation period. Sajid Javid Health and Social Care Secretary said: "Today we have simplified the travel rules to make them easier to understand and follow, opening up tourism and reducing the costs to go abroad." "As global vaccination efforts continue to accelerate and more people gain protection from this dreadful disease, it is right that our rules and regulations keep pace." From late October, we will also be making changes to allow passengers who change flights or international trains during their journey to follow the measures associated to their country of departure, rather than any countries they have transited through as part of their journey. All passengers will still need to fill in a passenger locator form ahead of travel. Passengers should continue to check GOV.UK travel guidance including FCDO travel advice before, during and after travel to keep up to date in entry requirements and ensure compliance with the latest COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 regulations for the country being visited. Published 17 September 2021 Link to source ______________________________________________________ Guidance Red, amber, green lists: check the rules for travel to England from abroad Countries listed as red, amber or green for coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow for travel to England. Changes to international travel rules From 4am Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status. Travel from the rest of the world if you are fully vaccinated From 4am Monday 4 October, if you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days: under an approved vaccination program in the UK, Europe, US or UK vaccine programme overseas with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan – mixing between two-dose vaccines (Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna) in this list is also recognised under a formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial in the US, Canada and Australia and have a proof of participation (digital or paper-based) from a public health body You must: book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England You do not need to: take a pre-departure test take a day 8 COVID-19 test quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days after you arrive in England You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body that includes, as a minimum: forename and surname(s) date of birth vaccine brand and manufacturer date of vaccination for every dose country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer If your document from a public health body does not include all of these, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules. If not, you may be denied boarding. If you are fully vaccinated in the US, will also need to prove that you are a resident of the US. If you are fully vaccinated, but do not qualify under these fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules. Travel from the rest of the world if you are not fully vaccinated From 4am Monday 4 October, you must follow these rules if you: do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules are partially vaccinated are not vaccinated Before you travel to England you must: take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England After you arrive in England you must: quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme. Travel from red countries From 4am Monday 4 October, you must follow these rules if you are: fully vaccinated partially vaccinated not vaccinated If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish national or you have residence rights in the UK. Before you travel to England, you must: take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England When you arrive in England, you must quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests. This page tells you about the COVID-19 rules for travel to England. It lists countries and territories as red, amber or green and explains the different rules for each list. Use this page to check: which list a country or territory is on – red, amber or green the ‘travel to England’ rules that apply for the countries and territories on each list You can read separate guidance on what you need to do to travel abroad from England. Red list of countries and territories You should not travel to red list countries or territories. Read the rules for red list countries and territories. Red list (Upcoming changes to the red list) Afghanistan Angola Argentina BangladeshMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. Bolivia Botswana Brazil Burundi Cape Verde Chile Colombia Congo (Democratic Republic) Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic Ecuador EgyptMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. Eritrea Eswatini Ethiopia French Guiana Georgia Guyana Haiti Indonesia KenyaMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. Lesotho Malawi MaldivesMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. Mayotte Mexico Mongolia Montenegro Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal OmanMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. PakistanMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Réunion Rwanda Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa Sri LankaMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. Sudan Suriname Tanzania Thailand Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia TurkeyMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. Uganda Uruguay Venezuela Zambia Zimbabwe Red list rules What you must do if you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England. You must follow these rules even if you have been fully vaccinated. If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. There is separate guidance on what you need to do if you are travelling abroad from England. Before you travel to England Before you travel to England you must: take a COVID-19 test – you must take the test in the 3 days before you travel to England book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests complete a passenger locator form When you arrive in England When you arrive in England you must: quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests Amber list of countries and territories Read the rules for amber list countries and territories. Amber list (Upcoming changes to the amber list) Akrotiri and Dhekelia Albania Algeria Andorra Armenia Aruba Azerbaijan The Bahamas Bahrain Belarus BangladeshMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. Belgium Belize Benin Bhutan Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina British Virgin Islands Burkina Faso Cambodia Cameroon Central African Republic Chad China Comoros Congo Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue Côte d’Ivoire Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic (Czechia) Djibouti EgyptMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Estonia Fiji France French Polynesia Gabon The Gambia Ghana Greece (including islands) Greenland Guadeloupe Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Honduras Hungary India Iran Iraq Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan KenyaMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. Kiribati Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Lebanon Liberia Libya Luxembourg Macao Madagascar Malaysia MaldivesMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. Mali Marshall Islands Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Micronesia Moldova Monaco Morocco Nauru Netherlands New Caledonia Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North Korea North Macedonia The Occupied Palestinian Territories OmanMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. PakistanMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. Palau Papua New Guinea Poland PortugalMadeira is on the green watchlist. The Azores is on the green list. Qatar Russia Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Solomon Islands South Korea South Sudan Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca) Sri LankaMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. St Kitts and Nevis St Lucia St Maarten St Martin and St Barthélemy St Pierre and Miquelon St Vincent and the Grenadines Sweden Syria Tajikistan Timor-Leste Togo Tonga TurkeyMoving to the amber list 4am, Wednesday 22 September. If you arrive in England before then you must follow the red list rules. Turkmenistan Tuvalu Ukraine United Arab Emirates United States (USA) Uzbekistan Vanuatu Vatican City Vietnam Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen The amber list is not exhaustive. If a country or territory is not on this list, you should not assume that it is a green or red list country or territory. Countries and territories are only green or red if they appear on the green or red list. Countries moving to the red list If conditions change in a country or territory, it can be moved from the amber list to the red list. If there is a sudden change in conditions, a country or territory may be moved between lists without warning. Amber list rules What you must do if you have been in a country or territory on the amber list in the 10 days before you arrive in England. You can read separate guidance on what you need to do if you are travelling abroad from England. Before you travel to England Before you travel to England you must: take a COVID-19 test – you must take the test in the 3 days before you travel to England book and pay for COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England complete a passenger locator form You must do these things whether you are fully vaccinated or not. When you arrive in England If you are fully vaccinated After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2. This applies if you’re fully vaccinated under either: the UK vaccination programme the UK vaccine programme overseas an approved vaccination programme in Europe or the USA - not all are recognised in England Find out how to prove you are fully vaccinated, which European countries this applies to and approved vaccination programmes for Europe and the USA. It also applies if you are: taking part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK or the USA under 18 and resident in the UK, a UK Overseas Territory, the USA or one of the specified European countries If you will be in England for less than 2 days you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test. You only need to take the test if you are still in England on day 2. If you are not fully vaccinated If you do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, on arrival in England you must: quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 Read about the fully vaccinated rules, quarantine and taking COVID-19 tests after arrival in England. If you are in England for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You need to book day 2 and day 8 travel tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England. Test to Release scheme If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme. If you have been in a country or territory on the red list If you have also been in or through a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the red list rules. Read about making a transit stop in a red list country or territory. Green list countries and territories Read the rules for green list countries and territories. Green list (Green watchlist and upcoming changes to the green list) AnguillaGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Antarctica/British Antarctic TerritoryGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Antigua and BarbudaGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Austria Australia The AzoresMainland Portugal is on the amber list. BarbadosGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. BermudaGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. British Indian Ocean TerritoryGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Brunei Bulgaria Canada Cayman IslandsGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. CroatiaGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Denmark DominicaGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Falkland Islands Faroe Islands Finland Germany Gibraltar GrenadaGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Hong Kong Iceland Israel and JerusalemGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Latvia Liechtenstein. Lithuania MadeiraGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Mainland Portugal is on the amber list. Malta MontserratGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. New Zealand Norway Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno IslandsGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Romania Singapore Slovakia Slovenia South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Switzerland TaiwanGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Turks and Caicos IslandsGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Countries on the green watchlist or moving to amber If conditions change in a country or territory, it can be moved from the green list to the amber or red list. If a country or territory on the green list is at risk of moving to amber it will also be listed on the green watchlist. If there is a sudden change in conditions, a country or territory may be moved between lists without warning. Green list rules What you have to do if you travel to England from a country or territory on the green list. You must only have been in or travelled through a green list country or the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in the previous 10 days. You must follow these rules even if you have been fully vaccinated. You can read separate guidance on what you need to do if you are travelling abroad from England. Before travel to England Before you travel to England you must: take a COVID-19 test – you must take the test in the 3 days before you travel to England book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England complete a passenger locator form When you arrive in England After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2. You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive. If you will be in England for less than 2 days you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test. You only need to take the test if you are still in England on day 2. You may need to self-isolate if NHS Test and Trace notifies you that you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Check the rules about NHS Test and Trace for more information. If you have been in a country or territory on the red or amber list If you have also been in or through a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the red list rules. If you have also been in or through a country or territory on the amber list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, and have not visited a country on the red list, you must follow the amber list rules. Read about making a transit stop in an amber or red list country or territory. Travelling with children Read separate guidance about travelling abroad, including different testing age limits for children. Ireland, the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man You do not need to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine on arrival in England if you are travelling within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, (the Common Travel Area), and you have not been outside of the Common Travel Area in the previous 10 days. Transiting through amber or red list countries on your way to England When you arrive in England you need to follow the rules for the highest risk country or territory that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days. That can include transit stops. A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off the same part of the transport in which you are travelling. It can apply to ships, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop. The rules of a country or territory that you make a transit stop in could apply if: new passengers get on and are able to mix with you you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again Making a transit stop would not affect what you have to do on arrival in England if, during the stop: no new passengers, who are able to mix with you, get on no-one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside passengers get off but do not get back on Private vehicles or coaches travelling through amber or red list countries and territories If you are travelling to England in a private vehicle, the rules of the countries and territories you drive through apply. For example, if you drive through an amber list country, then you must follow the amber list rules when you arrive in England. This applies whether you stop in the country or territory or not. You need to record the countries and territories you drive through on your passenger locator form. Transiting through England Find out the rules if you are transiting through England on your way to another country. Job and medical exemptions Some people are exempt from some or all of the requirements because of the job they do. Read about medical exemptions from: testing before travel to England quarantine for people having medical treatment Travelling abroad from England Read an overview of all the things you need to do to: travel abroad from England travel to England if you live in another country You should not travel to red list countries or territories. NHS COVID Pass - proving your COVID-19 vaccination status An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 vaccination status. You can use the NHS COVID Pass to prove your vaccination status when you: enter another country while travelling abroad return to England if you have been in an amber list country or territory Find out: about using the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate your vaccination status if the countries or territories you are travelling to accept proof of COVID-19 vaccination status as part of their entry requirements how to prove your COVID-19 vaccination status if you are a resident of Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office travel advice Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice continues to advise against all non-essential travel to some countries and territories. Many other countries have rules in place about who can enter and what you can do when you are there. These rules are not related to which colour list that country is on. Before you travel, you should read FCDO travel advice for the countries you will visit. Stay up-to-date The risk posed by individual countries and territories is continuously monitored and the green, amber and red lists are reviewed every 3 weeks. Countries and territories can be moved between lists if conditions change. Sign up for an email alert to be notified when this page is updated. Published 7 May 2021 Link to source (Follow this link for full details and reference pages) ______________________________________________________
  20. Deaths Registered in Northern Ireland – Week ending 10th September 2021 Page summary: Deaths Registered in Northern Ireland – Week ending 10th September 2021 Change made: First published. Time updated: 9:30am, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ SARS-CoV-2 variants of public health interest Page summary: Details of the variants of public health interest. Change made: Added latest update. Time updated: 9:30am, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 variants: genomically confirmed case numbers Page summary: Genomically confirmed case numbers for SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants under investigation. Change made: Added data up to 15 September 2021. Time updated: 9:30am, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern: routine variant data update Page summary: Data reports on novel SARS-CoV-2 variants. Change made: Added data update 13 and data spreadsheet 13. Time updated: 9:30am, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern: technical briefings Page summary: Technical briefing documents on novel SARS-CoV-2 variants. Change made: Added technical briefing 23 and underlying data. Time updated: 9:30am, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing Page summary: Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. Change made: Updated the general list of providers. Time updated: 10:03am, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK Page summary: Latest updates on SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in UK. Change made: Added latest update. Time updated: 10:12am, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 17 September 2021 Page summary: Estimates for England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. This survey is being delivered in partnership with University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England, and Wellcome Trust. Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:00pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Resources for raising awareness about COVID Pass fraud Page summary: Resources for raising awareness about COVID Pass fraud and how to get your free NHS COVID Pass. Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:00pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey – Northern Ireland, 17 September 2021 Page summary: This report presents the latest findings for Northern Ireland from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey. Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:00pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccination: resources for schools Page summary: COVID-19 vaccination guidance and resources for schools. Change made: Added print version of the guidance for parents leaflet. Time updated: 12:15pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Managed quarantine: what to expect Page summary: Guidance for travellers to England who have been in a red list country in the last 10 days on what to expect in managed quarantine. Change made: Updated email address for complaints.Removed reference to painkillers. Time updated: 12:45pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ DHSC: Direct and Indirect health impacts of COVID-19 in England – long paper, 9 September 2021 Page summary: Supporting paper prepared by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Change made: First published. Time updated: 1:29pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Dynamic CO-CIN report to SAGE and NERVTAG, 9 September 2021 Page summary: Clinical information provided to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG). Change made: First published. Time updated: 1:30pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ CO-CIN: Hospital admission for COVID-19 and impact of vaccination, 9 September 2021 Page summary: Paper prepared by the COVID-19 Clinical Information Network (CO-CIN) for SAGE. Change made: First published. Time updated: 1:30pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ DHSC: Direct and Indirect health impacts of COVID-19 in England – short paper, 9 September 2021 Page summary: Paper prepared by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for SAGE. Change made: First published. Time updated: 1:30pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ ONS: Anti-spike Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody response after second vaccine dose – preliminary analysis on data to 5 July 2021, 22 July 2021 Page summary: Paper prepared by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:00pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ HDR UK: COVID-19 health data research – weekly update, 7 September 2021 Page summary: Update paper by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK). Change made: First published. Time updated: 1:30pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ EMG: COVID-19 Transmission in Hotels and Managed Quarantine Facilities (MQFs), 9 September 2021 Page summary: Supporting paper prepared by the Environmental Modelling Group (EMG). Change made: First published. Time updated: 1:30pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ ISARIC: Supplementary Information – comparison of children and young people admitted with SARS-CoV-2 across the UK in the first and second pandemic waves, 9 September 2021 Page summary: Supporting paper prepared by the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium (ISARIC). Change made: First published. Time updated: 1:30pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Consensus statements on COVID-19 Page summary: Consensus statements from the UK Health Security Agency’s Epidemiology Modelling Review Group (EMRG). Change made: Added consensus statement for 1 September 2021. Time updated: 1:30pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ The R value and growth rate Page summary: The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made: The R range for England is 0.9 to 1.1 and the growth rate range for England is -1% to +1% per day as of 17 September 2021. Time updated: 1:30pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ ISARIC: Comparison of children and young people admitted with SARS-CoV-2 across the UK in the first and second pandemic waves – prospective multicentre observational cohort study, 9 September 2021 Page summary: Paper prepared by the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium (ISARIC) for SAGE. Change made: First published. Time updated: 1:30pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ CMMID: Social contacts in the UK from the CoMix social contact survey Page summary: Papers prepared by Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (CMMID) COVID-19 Working Group. Change made: Added CMMID CoMix paper for week 75 under SAGE 95. Time updated: 1:30pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccination programme Page summary: Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. Change made: Updated COVID-19 vaccination training slide set. Time updated: 4:08pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Get support if you’re clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus: privacy notice Page summary: Privacy notice for the service providing coronavirus support to clinically extremely vulnerable people. Change made: Updated to reflect that the service is closed and we no longer collect personal information. Time updated: 4:34pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ New system for international travel Page summary: Eight countries will move from the red list on 22 September and the rules for international travel to England will change on 4 October 2021. Change made: First published. Time updated: 5:01pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Red, amber, green lists: check the rules for travel to England from abroad Page summary: Countries listed as red, amber or green for coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow for travel to England. Change made: Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkey will move to the amber list at 4am Wednesday 22 September. Time updated: 5:01pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Data informing international travel traffic-light risk assessments: 17 September 2021 Page summary: A summary of key data used by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) to inform country risk assessments. Change made: First published. Time updated: 5:11pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Data informing international travel risk assessments Page summary: Summaries to date of the key data used by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) to inform international travel risk assessments. Change made: Added latest risk assessments. Time updated: 5:12pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary: Find out how to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in your workplace. Change made: Hotels and guest accommodation – Removed reference to guidance for people who were previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, as the shielding programme has now ended. Time updated: 5:12pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 risk assessment methodology to inform international travel traffic light system Page summary: Risk assessment methodology to support decisions on red, amber and green list country allocations. Change made: Updated risk assessment methodology. Time updated: 5:28pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make one Page summary: This page explains when to wear a face covering, exemptions from wearing one, and how to make your own face covering. Change made: Updated translations of guidance in Arabic, Bangla (Bengali), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi (Gurmukhi) and Urdu to reflect changes to the rules that came into effect on 19 July 2021. Time updated: 5:57pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) measures for grassroots sport participants, providers and facility operators Page summary: This guidance sets out information for the public and sport providers on how to organise and participate in grassroots sport and physical activity as safely as possible. Change made: Updates to sections on face coverings and going to the workplace, in line with the government’s autumn and winter plan. Removed reference to guidance for people who were previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, as the shielding programme has now ended. Time updated: 6:08pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Quarantine and testing if you've been in an amber list country Page summary: What to do before and after you arrive in England if you’ve been in an amber list country in the 10 days before you arrive. Change made: Added a reference to the new rules for international travel to England which will take effect on 4 October, including a link to more details. Clarified the testing ages for children resident in other countries (children under 11 do not need a pre-departure test before entering England). Time updated: 6:32pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Unaccompanied higher and further education students under 18 arriving from a red list country Page summary: Where you can quarantine if you are an unaccompanied student under the age of 18 arriving in England from a red list country. Change made: First published. Time updated: 6:41pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) measures for elite sport Page summary: This guidance sets out information for elite sport organisations on how to reduce the risk from COVID-19. This includes guidance on domestic and cross-border competitions. Change made: Minor changes to advice on face coverings, in line with the government’s autumn and winter plan. Removed reference to guidance for people who were previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, as the shielding programme has now ended. Time updated: 6:52pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel if you’ve been in a red list country Page summary: How to book a quarantine hotel and coronavirus (COVID-19) tests if you’ve been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Change made: New rules for international travel to England – explained there will be no change to rules for red list arrivals, and added a link to find more information.Updated content on unaccompanied minors. Explained that if an appropriate adult cannot enter managed quarantine with the child, they must apply for an exemption from managed quarantine. Added information on applying for permission for a child to travel alone, where it is not possible for the appropriate adult to travel with the child. Added information on expectations for quarantining at home. Added definitions for ‘unaccompanied minor’ and ‘appropriate adult’. Time updated: 7:15pm, 17 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Ofqual: rolling update Page summary: Information on qualifications which have been disrupted by coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made: Removing guidance on submitting appeals for GCSEs and A levels as the appeal deadline has passed. 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  21. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey – antibody and vaccination data for Northern Ireland, 16 September 2021 Page summary: This report presents the latest antibody and vaccination data for Northern Ireland from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey. Change made: First published. Time updated: 9:30am, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Technical article: Updated estimates of the prevalence of post-acute symptoms among people with coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK, 26 April 2020 to 1 August 2021 Page summary: A range of estimates of the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) who experience ongoing symptoms, broken down by demographic and viral characteristics, using UK Coronavirus Infection Survey data. Change made: First published. Time updated: 9:30am, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Business and industry challenges in filling vacancies Page summary: Analysis of UK businesses’ ability to fill job vacancies across different industries, and reasons for any recruitment challenges. The data cover summer 2021, primarily after coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions were eased. Change made: First published. Time updated: 9:30am, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: antibody and vaccination data, 16 September 2021 Page summary: Antibody and vaccination data by UK country and regions in England from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey. This analysis has been produced in partnership with University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England, and Wellcome Trust. This study is jointly led by the ONS and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) working with the University of Oxford and UK Biocentre to collect and test samples. Change made: First published. Time updated: 9:30am, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Wider impacts of COVID-19 on health monitoring tool Page summary: National monitoring tool that brings together metrics to assess the wider impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on health. Change made: Monthly update to tool. Time updated: 9:30am, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Number of COVID-19 tests in defence and positive cases in the UK Armed Forces 2021 Page summary: Summary statistics on the number of defence personnel who have had a COVID-19 test; and for the UK Armed Forces, the number of positive cases of COVID-19. Change made: Addition of: the number of COVID-19 tests in defence and positive cases in the UK Armed Forces as at 3 September 2021. Time updated: 9:30am, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccination: booster dose resources Page summary: Information on the booster dose for eligible individuals. Change made: First published. Time updated: 9:34am, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccination programme Page summary: Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. Change made: Added COVID-19 vaccination: booster dose resources. Time updated: 9:35am, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Temporary measures to support customers Page summary: How we are delivering our services and how long we take to process applications. Change made: We’ve updated application processing times for updates to the register. Time updated: 11:00am, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ NHS Test and Trace statistics (England): methodology Page summary: How the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) puts together the contact-tracing data in its weekly reports. Change made: A small addition to ‘Number of people starting their quarantine period’, specifically private bookings of quarantine packages in Scotland. The ‘Data sources’ section has been updated along with ‘Timings and revision’ plus ‘Other testing technologies’. Time updated: 11:01am, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ MHRA guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary: We are producing guidance and information for industry, healthcare professionals and patients covering the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made: Added new page – ‘Access Consortium: Alignment with ICMRA consensus on immunobridging for authorising new COVID-19 vaccines’ under Vaccines and vaccines safety. Time updated: 11:06am, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 2 September to 8 September 2021 Page summary: Experimental statistics on NHS Test and Trace since its launch on 28 May 2020. Includes reports on NHS Test and Trace (people tested and contact tracing) and rapid (lateral flow device) testing for people without symptoms. Change made: First published. Time updated: 11:34am, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England) Page summary: Experimental statistics from the NHS Test and Trace service and related documents. Change made: Added latest report to collection. Time updated: 11:34am, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 surveillance and immunity studies Page summary: An overview of national surveillance programmes to understand how COVID-19 is present and affecting the wider population. Change made: Added link to research findings: round 6. Time updated: 12:19pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Excess mortality in English regions Page summary: Excess mortality by English region – broken down by age, sex, upper tier local authority, ethnic group, level of deprivation, cause of death and place of death. Change made: Updated reports with latest data. Time updated: 2:00pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Excess mortality in England: weekly reports Page summary: Weekly excess mortality in England – broken down by age, sex, geographical areas, ethnic group, level of deprivation, cause of death and place of death. Change made: New update on interactive dashboard. Time updated: 2:00pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing Page summary: Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. Change made: Updated the general list of providers. Time updated: 2:06pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Weekly national flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports published Page summary: National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses. Change made: Added latest update. Time updated: 2:45pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19: guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable Page summary: Information for protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made: Updated translation versions. Time updated: 3:11pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccine surveillance reports Page summary: Data on the real-world effectiveness and impact of the COVID-19 vaccines. Change made: Updated formatting of Table 3 in week 37 report. Time updated: 3:18pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccination: resources for schools Page summary: COVID-19 vaccination guidance and resources for schools. Change made: Added details of leaflets available. Time updated: 3:41pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a Page summary: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination information for public health professionals. Change made: Updated to include new recommendations on boosters and children and young people. Minor updates to guidance on managing allergies and giving additional doses after rare side effects. Clarification of clinical risk groups for children and adults and the use of the clinically extremely vulnerable definition. Time updated: 4:30pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report published Page summary: National coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine surveillance report, including estimated number of hospitalisations and deaths prevented. Change made: Added latest update. Time updated: 4:41pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19: impact of change to mid-year population estimates on case and death rates Page summary: An analysis of the impact to coronavirus reporting as a result of using updated population estimates from 2019 to 2020. Change made: Added new analysis of the impact to coronavirus reporting of updated Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) population estimates (from 2019 to 2020). Time updated: 4:45pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine adverse reactions Page summary: A weekly report covering adverse reactions to approved COVID-19 vaccines Change made: Updated the report to include data up to and including 8 September 2021. Time updated: 4:50pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination Page summary: Information for people who have had their first COVID-19 vaccination. Change made: Added version 6. Time updated: 5:40pm, 16 September 2021 __________________________________________________________
  22. Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Page summary: To monitor the use of the transport system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. DfT provides statistics on transport use by mode. Change made: Latest data table added. Time updated: 9:30am, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Haulier coronavirus testing Page summary: To monitor the number of tests delivered and the positivity rate of the tests. Change made: Latest data table added. Time updated: 9:30am, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Health Profile for England: 2021 Page summary: The fourth annual profile combining data and knowledge with information from other sources to give a broad picture of the health of people in England in 2021. Change made: First published. Time updated: 9:35am, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19: ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus Page summary: Guidance on the ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made: Updated easy read version of guidance. Time updated: 10:22am, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccination: resources for schools Page summary: COVID-19 vaccination guidance and resources for schools. Change made: First published. Time updated: 10:48am, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccination programme Page summary: Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. Change made: Added COVID-19 vaccination: resources for schools. Time updated: 10:49am, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary: If you’re an employer, find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Change made: Added translation Time updated: 11:23am, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus England briefing, 13 September 2021 Page summary: Latest epidemiological data used by the government to brief MPs on the roadmap out of lockdown and to inform decision-making in response to COVID-19 outbreaks. Change made: First published. Time updated: 11:55am, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus data informing local and national decision-making Page summary: The Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) provides evidence-based, objective analysis to inform local and national decision-making in response to COVID-19 outbreaks. Change made: Added latest report (13 September 2021). Time updated: 11:57am, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people Page summary: Information for eligible children and young people on COVID-19 vaccination. Change made: Updated consent form for children, young people or parents and carers. Time updated: 12:17pm, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes Page summary: A letter from the Director of Adult Social Care Delivery to local authorities, directors of adult social services, care home providers, care home managers and agencies. Change made: First published. Time updated: 1:12pm, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Quarantine and testing if you've been in an amber list country Page summary: What to do before and after you arrive in England if you’ve been in an amber list country in the 10 days before you arrive. Change made: Added content to make it clear that you cannot use NHS COVID-19 tests for your day 2 or day 8 travel tests. Added a new paragraph explaining that advice not to take PCR tests if you’ve had a positive test result in the last 90 days does not apply to travel tests. Time updated: 5:22pm, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: privacy information Page summary: Privacy notice for NHS Test and Trace virus testing for all users of the service. Change made: Added an extra annex to Tested for coronavirus: privacy information about Direct LAMP testing within the Test and Trace Programme. Time updated: 5:54pm, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) Page summary: Find out how to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in your workplace. Change made: Shops, branches, and close contact services – Minor updates to sections on face coverings and working from home, in line with the government’s autumn and winter plan. Time updated: 7:05pm, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Shielding programme ends for most vulnerable Page summary: The government has agreed to end the requirement for shielding guidance for people previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable. Change made: First published. Time updated: 7:06pm, 15 September 2021 __________________________________________________________
  23. News story MHRA statement on COVID-19 booster vaccines Regulatory updates by the MHRA today on the COVID-19 booster vaccine programme for winter 2021 to 2022 Dr June Raine, MHRA Chief Executive said: "We are committed to getting safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to the UK public. This means ensuring that existing COVID-19 vaccines can continue to be used in the most effective way possible." "We confirmed on 9 September 2021 that the COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and AstraZeneca can be used as safe and effective booster doses. This is an important regulatory change as it gives further options for the vaccination deployment programme which has saved tens of thousands of lives." "The regulatory decision followed a careful review of available data on safety and effectiveness of booster or supplementary vaccine doses by the MHRA and the independent Commission on Human Medicines (CHM, which advises the government." "We have also now looked at data for the Moderna vaccine to be used as a booster, and this has also been reviewed by the CHM experts who concluded that the Moderna vaccine can be used as a safe and effective booster dose, including in a half dose, which also gives an effective boost to antibodies." "The CHM took into account data on waning vaccine effectiveness after the second dose, providing important insights into potentially waning immunity." "The data reviewed showed that giving the booster jabs with flu vaccines at the same time is safe and does not affect an individual’s immune response to either vaccine. Therefore COVID-19 booster doses may be given at the same time as flu vaccines." "We have in place a comprehensive safety surveillance strategy for monitoring the safety of all COVID-19 vaccines and this surveillance includes booster jabs." "As with first and second doses, if anyone has a suspected side effect, please report it to us using our Yellow Card scheme." Published 14 September 2021 Link to source ______________________________________________________ News story Prime Minister sets out autumn and winter Covid plan Boosters, testing and refreshed public health advice will help keep the virus under control in the coming months Plan B prepared to protect NHS if necessary PM continues to warn the pandemic is not over and public need to remain vigilant The Prime Minister has today set out the government’s plan to manage Covid throughout autumn and winter. Thanks to the phenomenal success of the vaccination programme, the data continues to show the link between cases, hospitalisations and deaths has weakened significantly. In England, the number of hospital admissions with Covid has remained relatively stable over the last month. And although deaths increased at the beginning of the summer, they have remained far below the levels in either of the previous waves. Over autumn and winter, the government will aim to sustain this progress through: Building our defences through pharmaceutical interventions Identifying and isolating positive cases to limit transmission Supporting the NHS and social care Advising people on how to protect themselves and others Pursuing an international approach Vaccines will continue to be our first line of defence. All those who were vaccinated during Phase 1 of the vaccine programme (priority groups 1 to 9) will be offered booster jabs from this month – to boost immunity amongst the most vulnerable groups during winter. The Test, Trace and Isolate programme will continue its important work, with symptomatic PCR testing continuing throughout the autumn and winter. Lateral flow tests will also remain free of charge but at a later stage, as our response to the virus changes, this will end and individuals and businesses will be expected to bear the cost. The government will engage widely on this before any changes are made. The legal obligation to self-isolate for those who have tested positive and their unvaccinated contacts will continue, and the financial support payment for those self-isolating on certain benefits will continue in its current format until the end of March. Our NHS will continue to get the support it needs, with an extra £5.4 billion recently announced for the next 6 months alone for the Covid response. The public will be offered continued guidance on how to protect themselves and each other – including letting fresh air in, wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed place where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, getting testing and self-isolating if required. Our tough border policy will remain in place and genomic sequencing capability will be increased to help scientists update our vaccines to defeat new variants. As the PM also set out, autumn and winter could pose renewed challenges and it is difficult to predict the path of the virus with certainty. So as the public would expect, there will be a range of ‘Plan B’ measures kept under review to help control transmission of the virus while minimising economic and social damage. Plan B would include: Introducing mandatory vaccine only Covid status certification in certain, riskier settings. Legally mandating face coverings in certain settings, such as public transport and shops. Communicating clearly and urgently to the public if the risk level increases. The government could also consider asking people to work from home again if necessary, but a final decision on this would be made at the time, dependent on the latest data – recognising the extra disruption this causes to individuals and businesses. Ministers would only decide to implement these measures if necessary, and if a range of metrics and indicators mean the NHS is at risk of becoming overwhelmed. Plan B recognises the success of our vaccination programme – meaning smaller interventions which are far less disruptive can have a much bigger impact on reducing the spread. The Prime Minister committed to taking whatever action is necessary to protect the NHS, but stressed his belief that the combined efforts of the public and the vaccination programme mean we can avoid plan B and protect our freedoms in the coming months. Published 14 September 2021 Link to source ______________________________________________________ Policy paper Slides to accompany coronavirus press conference: 14 September 2021 Press conference slides presented by Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, in the coronavirus press conference on 14 September 2021. 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  24. Prime Minister to set out autumn and winter plan for covid Page summary: Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out the government’s autumn and winter plan for managing covid at a press conference this afternoon. Change made: First published. Time updated: 8:31am, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people Page summary: Information for eligible children and young people on COVID-19 vaccination. Change made: Added COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for eligible children and young people aged 12 to 17. Time updated: 9:40am, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19: impact on vaccination programmes Page summary: Reports assessing the impact of COVID-19-related physical distancing measures on delivery of childhood vaccination programmes in England. Change made: Added HPR 15(15) early vaccine coverage report, data to July 2021. Time updated: 10:41am, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ PPE distribution (England): 1 August to 31 August 2021 Page summary: Experimental statistics showing the latest number of personal protective equipment (PPE) items distributed for use by health and social care services in England. Change made: First published. Time updated: 11:00am, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ PPE distribution statistics (England) Page summary: Experimental statistics about PPE (personal protective equipment) deliveries and related documents. Change made: Added latest monthly report. Time updated: 11:00am, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ VEEP: Vaccine effectiveness table, 7 September 2021 Page summary: Paper prepared by the Vaccine Effectiveness Expert Panel (VEEP). Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:35pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ SAGE 95 minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 9 September 2021 Page summary: Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s ninty-fifth meeting. Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:35pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ SPI-M-O: Consensus statement on COVID-19, 8 September 2021 Page summary: Consensus statement from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:35pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ SPI-M-O: Medium-term projections, 8 September 2021 Page summary: Medium-term projections prepared by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O). Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:35pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ EMRG: Consensus statement on COVID-19, 1 September 2021 Page summary: Consensus statement from the Epidemiology Modelling Review Group (EMRG) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:35pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ PHE: Duration of protection of COVID-19 vaccines against clinical disease, 9 September 2021 Page summary: Paper prepared by Public Health England (PHE) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:36pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ SAGE meetings, September 2021 Page summary: Minutes and papers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) meetings held in September 2021. Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:36pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ JCVI statement, September 2021: COVID-19 booster vaccine programme for winter 2021 to 2022 Page summary: Advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on a COVID-19 booster vaccine programme for winter 2021 to 2022. Change made: First published. Time updated: 12:37pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing Page summary: Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. Change made: Updated the general list of providers. Time updated: 12:53pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ JCVI issues updated advice on COVID-19 booster vaccination Page summary: The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has updated its advice on the COVID-19 vaccine booster programme. Change made: First published. Time updated: 1:20pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19: guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable Page summary: Information for protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19). Change made: Added note to confirm the end of the shielding programme, and to advise that guidance will be updated shortly. Time updated: 1:22pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Most vulnerable to be offered COVID-19 booster vaccines from next week Page summary: Millions of the UK’s most vulnerable are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine from next week. Change made: First published. Time updated: 3:33pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Slides to accompany coronavirus press conference: 14 September 2021 Page summary: Slides on coronavirus presented by Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England. Change made: First published. Time updated: 4:07pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread Page summary: Find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Change made: Updated guidance following Prime Minister’s statement on the autumn and winter plan. Time updated: 4:19pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ PHE monitoring of the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination Page summary: Data on the real-world efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines. Change made: Added link to ‘vaccine effectiveness and duration of protection study’. Time updated: 4:22pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 14 September 2021 Page summary: Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference. Change made: First published. Time updated: 4:37pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ Prime Minister sets out autumn and winter Covid plan Page summary: The Prime Minister has today set out the government’s plan to manage Covid throughout autumn and winter. Change made: First published. Time updated: 4:39pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ MHRA statement on COVID-19 booster vaccines Page summary: Regulatory updates by the MHRA today on the COVID-19 booster vaccine programme for winter 2021 to 2022 Change made: First published. Time updated: 5:32pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________ COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021 Page summary: The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Autumn and Winter Plan 2021’ setting out plans for autumn and winter 2021/22 in England. Change made: Added HTML version of ‘COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021’. Time updated: 7:29pm, 14 September 2021 __________________________________________________________
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