MCC Covid Bulletin Monday 19 April 2021

COVID Bulletin: Monday 19 April 2021 
Manchester's Director of Public Health and MHCC's Medical Director and GP photosFacebook Live event to answer your Covid questionsManchester’s Director of Public Health, Dave Regan and Manisha Kumar, Medical Director, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and working GP are taking part in a Facebook Live event on the Manchester Evening News’ Facebook page at 11am on Tuesday 20 April to answer your Covid queries on everything from vaccination to rapid testing.  TEXT: COVID-19. Seeing friends again? Make space. Let's take this next step safely. PHOTOGRAPH: two friends sat on a bench outside residential flatsIt is now a week since more Covid restrictions have been lifted as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. Non-essential retail has opened back up, as well as libraries and gyms, and hospitality venues are now allowed to serve people outdoors. Read the full list of changes. It’s great we are able to see our loved ones again, but remember to keep doing your bit so we can all keep each other safe by: Wash your hands regularly Keep your face covered when required Keep your distance  Only meet outside Keep rooms well ventilated  Thank you for your help to keep Manchester safe. Guidance for visiting care homesNew government guidance applies for visiting care home started from Monday 12 April 2021. It applies to care homes for working age and for older adults. The guidance aims to support safe visiting so people can support their loved ones. Read the full guidance for care home visiting Now we can all get free rapid Covid-19 tests to help protect each other.Rapid Covid-19 testsThe government has announced that everyone in England can access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing, even if they don’t have symptoms. Everyone is being encouraged to take free rapid tests for COVID-19 twice a week, 3 or 4 days apart. 1 in 3 people with coronavirus show no symptoms and are potentially spreading it without knowing. So, regular testing, along with the Covid vaccine is helping to ease restrictions and get life back to normal. Rapid testing using lateral flow devices, involve swabs to the back of the nose and throat and provides a result within 30 mins. Free rapid home testing kits are available from participating pharmacies, libraries and our PCR Covid testing sites in Manchester. Find out moreThe COVID-19 vaccine does not contain components of animal origin. A vaccination does not break your fast.Ramadan MubarakWe wish everyone Ramadan Mubarak “Blessed Ramadan”, who is observing Ramadan in our local communities.  Ustadh Nasar Ishfaq, Imam at Manchester’s British Muslim Heritage Centre, encourages people who will be observing Ramadan not to delay having their Covid vaccination and explains that having a Covid test will not invalidate the fast –https://youtu.be/HvwHCdONj4o Please follow the advice from the Muslim Council of Britain for a safe Ramadan https://mcb.org.uk/resources/coronavirus/  The British Islamic Medical Association has produced a factsheet with advice on physical health during Ramadan. Do you need help with food, medicines, company, fuel bills or online services? Call the Council on 0800 234 6123The Community Response Hub offers support to Manchester’s most vulnerable people to help them cope with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. The Hub is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and can help with: Access to food Delivery of medication Combating loneliness Managing fuel top-up payments Getting access to services online Help is also available for other reasons, for example, if you are a carer, care leaver or young carer. If you need help freephone: 0800 234 6123 email: COVIDSupport@manchester.gov.uk or text: 078600 22876 (messages responded to by the next working day) or visit manchester.gov.uk/coronavirusSupport for people Self isolating with COVID-19 Where people have been told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace and their income has been affected, they could be eligible for a one-off support payment. Find out more. Helping Hands - www.manchester.gov.uk/helpinghandsHelp with Debt, Bills and Borrowing If you are not working or furloughed at the moment due to COVID-19 and need help with debt, bills or borrowing, visit www.manchester.gov.uk/helpinghands for advice and support.Business advice and supportRestart Grant Scheme open to applications The Government’s new Restart Grant Scheme, set up to help businesses prepare for re-opening following the recent national lockdown, is now open for applications from eligible businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors.  Eligible businesses may be entitled to grants of between £2,667 and £18,000.   Businesses will need to make a new application online. Find our more and apply online. Manchester is reopening, sign up for updatesWhile we need to be cautious, we are really looking forward to restrictions gradually being lifted and our city starting to open up again.  We’ve created a brand-new email newsletter called Welcome Back Manchester- again, to give you the latest info on what you can get up to in the city as it re-opens.  The regular updates will feature the latest news on businesses reopening, events and what’s on, as well as reminders of what you need to do to keep safe while out and about. Subscribe for free to receive updates on Manchester’s journey out of lockdown.Receive updatesRemember the golden rules👋 Hands
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