Sector News Update – Week Commencing 17th September 2020



Hi Everyone and welcome to another week,

Last week we saw a rise in Covid-19 infections across the UK. The government’s latest R number is now between 1 and 1.2 which means the epidemic is growing. Cases are starting to increase more rapidly with 3200 cases each day. 

Households in Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell are no longer allowed to meet with each other after cases rise. According to NHS Digital data, the latest seven-day rate for Birmingham to 8 September showed 78.2 cases per 100,000 with 892 cases over the period - among the highest in the city since April's peak.

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have revealed results of a recent study on the symptoms of coronavirus in children. It found that diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal cramps are more common symptoms in children with Covid-19 than coughing and loss of taste and smell, UK researchers have found.

Schools across England began returning to the classroom at the start of September for the start of the new academic year, but dozens have already either partially or completely shutdown due to coronavirus outbreaks among staff and pupils. While the number of schools disrupted is still likely to be a very small percentage of those open – a lack of available testing means both staff and pupils at affected schools are facing longer spells away from the classroom.

An innovative new £1.5m national clinical trial looking at finding the best treatment for childhood asthma has been funded by NIHR. Led by researchers from the University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, the team will investigate whether taking a preventer inhaler only when a child has symptoms is as effective as taking it every day.  

Until next time, take care!