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Route out of lockdown

On 22 February 2021, the Government announced a Covid-19 roadmap to ease lockdown. Details of the proposed timeline can be found below and on the Government website External Hyperlink. The progression of this was dependent on four tests, as follows:

England moved to Step 4 of the roadmap on 19 July 2021. Please click images to view larger versions of the restrictions at each step:

Details of step 1 and 2 of the route out of lockdown. Step 1 expected 8 March, Step 2 12 AprilStep 3 and step 4

Coronavirus restrictions

On 19 July, England moved to Step 4 of the roadmap. All of the latest information can be found on the Government website External Hyperlink.

The changes are:

Although restrictions are lifted, it is important to manage the risks and protect ourselves and others. Even if you have been vaccinated, it is possible to catch and transmit Covid-19, and approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms. Make sure you follow 'Hands Face Space and Fresh Air':

You should also:

See all the advice about keeping yourself and others safe here External Hyperlink.

Self-isolation

It is no longer a requirement for you to self-isolate if you have had close contact with someone outside of your household who has Covid-19, providing you have had both vaccinations or you are under 18. You still need to self-isolate if:

Find out more about self-isolation on the Government wesite External Hyperlink. If you need to self-isolate, you can find guidance on what to do here PDF (286 KB).

Free, rapid testing informationRapid Community Testing for Covid-19

The community testing centre at Fareham College is now closed, as a more robust and permanent solution has been found. There are now 515 Pharmacies across Hampshire offering rapid community testing and some are also offering assisted testing. You can find the full list of pharmacies here: https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/ External Hyperlink

The Government recommends that everyone without coronavirus symptoms should still test themselves for Covid-19 regularly. Pharmacy testing is for people with no coronavirus symptoms. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, a high temperature, new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste should not attend a pharmacy for testing, but instead book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  External Hyperlinkor by calling 119.

Tests at pharmacies should only be booked by people aged 16 and over. Secondary age children should continue to get their tests via their schools.

Home testing

Everyone without coronavirus symptoms can collect testing kits to do at home. You can pick up a box of seven home tests from Cams Alders test site after 1pm. In the mornings the site remains a testing site for those with symptoms. Find out more about obtaining home test kits here External Hyperlink.

If you do tests at home, you should report the results online or over the phone External Hyperlink.

If you get a positive test using the home self-test kits, you will need to self-isolate and have a PCR test (Polymerase Chain Reaction). This test looks for the genetic information of the virus on a swab, usually taken from the throat and nose. This could be via the Cams Alders site before noon or by dialling 119 and requesting a postal test.

Workplace testing

This has now been extended to all businesses, regardless of the number of employees. Previously, the scheme was available for businesses with more than 50 staff. Find out more about workplace testing here External Hyperlink.

Covid-19 guidance

Latest guidance from the NHS can be found in the video below, including vaccine news and coronavirus symptoms. For more information, see the NHS website External Hyperlink.

Covid-19 - new variant

The new variant of Covid-19 is transmitted in exactly the same way; please continue to observe national restrictions.

Covid-19 vaccine

Fareham Borough Council is working closely with the health service to ensure that those in priority groups receive a COVID-19 vaccination in a timely way. Find out more about the vaccination here.

The Government has produced an easy-read guide to vaccinations, which can be found here External Hyperlink

Covid recovery

As you recover from coronavirus, it may be difficult to come to terms with the effects on both your body and mind. Visit www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk External Hyperlink for information and advice on what to expect and things you can do to help.

Coronavirus scams – How to spot and avoid

The Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB) has been made aware that scammers are trying to take advantage of people's worries and uncertainty about the pandemic, especially those who are alone, self-isolating or in financial difficulty within the Hampshire Area.

Scams can take many forms, and some can be very sophisticated and seem trustworthy, so we ask our residents to be extra cautious.The HSAB Coronavirus Information Hub has details on where to get help and more information on COVID-19 External Hyperlink.

 

Covid-19 vaccine scamsVaccine fact check

Please see the latest Government guide to Covid-19 vaccination fraud PDF (643 KB).

Cold Call vaccine scam

We have been made aware of older people being cold-called from individuals claiming to be able to provide a COVID vaccine for a fee.

The NHS is the only organisation which has access to the vaccine and will never ask for money. Medical or health professionals will not come to your home unannounced and without prior notification. If anyone attempts to force or coerce you into handing over funds – in person or otherwise – always contact the police.

Coronavirus vaccine phishing scam

We recently reported on the prevalence of vaccine phishing scams. Phishing is a type of online scam in which an email or text message is sent in an attempt to obtain sensitive information, such as usernames, and financial information. They usually disguise themselves to look like they have come from a legitimate organisation. 

Most recently, a scam text message has been sent to residents asking for them to register for their COVID-19 vaccine. The text links to an extremely convincing fake NHS website where people are asked to input their bank details to register for a vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge and there is no reason you should ever have to give your bank details.

The NHS will never:

Find out about how you will be contacted by the NHS for the COVID-19 vaccination here External Hyperlink.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, this should be reported to Action Fraud External Hyperlink.

National Crime Agency scam

We have been made aware of a cold-calling scam designed to collect personal information. The call features a recorded message claiming to be from the National Crime Agency. It states that your National Insurance account is going to be suspended due to your National Insurance number being connected to 'serious crime'. It goes on to say that if you do not speak to one of the Investigating Officers a warrant will be issued for your arrest.  While this sounds very serious please be aware that this is a scam. Please be vigilant and do not stay on the line, speak to anyone on the call or give out any personal details.

Free school meals

Parents have been sent an email that reads: 'As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported'. The Department of Education have confirmed this is a scam email and not official.

Fake lockdown fines

This scam takes the form of a text message that claims your movements have been monitored through your phone, and that you must pay a fine by going online via a link they have sent you. Do not click or tap any links these messages ask you to, it is a way to steal the payment details of users.

The 'infection list' scam 

An email is going around from a supposed research group mimicking the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The message claims to provide a list of local infections, however, if you want to access it they must click on a sensitive information stealing link or make a payment to an e-currency Bitcoin account.

The 'track and trace' scam

Some people are recieving phone calls from  scammers that are pretnending to be from the 'track and trace' service. They say you have been in contact with an infected person, and need to provide card details to pay for a COVID-19 test. This is not true - the 'track and trace' service will never ask for financial information.

Anyone contacted by these scanners should make a note of the number calling them, put down the phone and report such calls to Action Fraud External Hyperlink or by telephone: 0300 123 2040.

Fake and counterfeit products

Bogus websites and fake products

Fake sanitisers, face masks and Covid19 swabbing kits sold online and door-to-door. These products can often be dangerous and unsafe. Products can also be sold online and door-to-door, but never appear once the money has been taken.

Doorstep coronavirus scams

Charity help

While there are genuine groups of volunteers providing help to Fareham residents during self-isolation, there have been reports of criminals cold calling at homes and offering to go to the shops for them, taking their money, or in some cases their bank cards, and not returning.

The groups associated with Fareham Borough Council are: Acts of Kindness, Community First, One Community and Waypoint Church. You should be extra vigilant and ask for ID from anyone claiming to represent one of these groups.

Coronavirus doorstop test

Criminals may be calling at people's homes offering to test them for COVID-19. This is a scam by people who are trying to gain access to your home – do not let them in, and then contact the police. There is no testing being carried out in people's homes.

Coronavirus driveway cleaning

Some criminals are offering services to clean drives and doorways to kill bacteria or offering to 'decontaminate' the inside of your home. This is a scam do not take up the offer. 

How to avoid being a scam victim




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