COVID-19 Infection Rates in RBWM
Did you know that, in RBWM, the coronavirus infection rate is double the rate in the south-east of England generally?
80% of local cases are down to "community transmission" where the specific source of the infection cannot be identified and it is suspected that it is the result of mixing between asymptomatic people.
One potential opportunity for such mixing is when there are social gatherings around children.
Anecdotally, teachers are reporting a notable increase in children talking about birthday parties or play dates they have either been to or are having soon. Equally, many seem to be talking about Hallowe'en gatherings that are being planned for during the half-term break.
The reality is that, with a few more weeks of increasing infection rates in RBWM, it is likely that local lockdown measures or restrictions on movement will be imposed. (In the event of this happening, the Government will expect school to operate as normal.)
To help avoid further restrictions on movement and economic activity, please think twice about any gatherings, playdates or parties that involve bringing people together from multiple households. Equally, please respect the 2m social distancing rule and wear face-coverings when required to do so.
I know this is asking a lot at what is already a difficult time, especially as avoiding gatherings will impact directly on your children. I do not want to spoil anyone's fun but it is important that we all find ways to help bring the local infection rates down to stop the vulnerable becoming ill and to help the NHS avoid becoming overwhelmed.
Your patience and understanding are, as ever, much appreciated.
Keep safe; stay happy; be kind.