Menu
 
Home | News | Everyone encouraged to follow new Covid rules
 
News | 16th December 2021
 

Everyone encouraged to follow new Covid rules

Evidence suggests Omicron cases are set to double every two or three days

 
 
 

NEW advice has been issued to reduce the spread of Covid in the run-up to Christmas.

Taking effect from midnight tomorrow social interaction at home or in indoor public places is limited to a maximum of three households at any time, with everyone encouraged to take a lateral flow test before meeting, alongside all other public health measures – handwashing, face coverings, vaccinations.

In care homes no more than two households can visit a resident at a time and in hospitals no more than two visitors at any time.

In addition, beginning last Saturday, all household contacts of any confirmed coronavirus case must isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status – even if they initially get a negative PCR test.

People are also being urged to defer work Christmas parties to slow the spread of the virus.

The new measures have been introduced following a rapid rise in case numbers and on the back of a Scottish government evidence paper outlining the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant.

The evidence paper estimates that Omicron cases will double every two to three days.

It highlights that a rapid rise in Omicron infections could put significant additional pressure on hospitals and other health and care services.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said the evidence paper made clear that the country was facing a renewed and very severe challenge in the shape of the Omicron variant.

“The much greater and faster transmissibility of this new variant means we may be facing a potential tsunami of infections,” she said.

“We must do all we can to break transmission chains, which is why we are acting now by changing isolation requirements and giving advice on work Christmas parties.

“I know that more restrictions could cause significant health, social and economic harms, especially after almost two years of this pandemic, but abiding by the new measures gives us the best chance of minimising further restrictions.”

She added she was not asking people to ‘cancel’ Christmas but to reduce as far as possible, and to a minimum, the contact with other people in other households. 

Updates on vaccinations mean that young people aged 16 to 17 will not receive their second Covid-19 vaccination in school, and instead need to book themselves in using the new national portal.

It is part of national moves to a self-appointing system which is also asking people aged 40 and above, unpaid carers and household contacts of the immune-suppressed to book in for their booster jag 12 weeks from their second dose.

Calls are to act now to book amid heightened concerns over the transmissibility of the new Omicron variant, with the first cases of the variant identified in Dumfries & Galloway last Friday.

The region’s immunisation co-ordinator, Dr Nigel Calvert said: “It really is a race to try and ensure everyone eligible is as fully vaccinated as possible against the Omicron variant, as this really does offer the highest possible degree of defence.

“I can’t emphasise enough how important it is that people act now, with spaces available at locations across the region until the end of December.

“We’re still learning about the new Omicron variant, and more will be known over coming days, however, we do know that it is highly transmissible, and it has the potential to spread our region in the same way the Alpha variant did beginning at Christmas last year.”

Further guidance on additional measures announced by the first minister will come by the end of the week.

  • To book a booster and/or flu vaccination visit https://vacs.nhs.scot/csp or calling 0800 030 8013.
 
 
Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
 
 
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

Knock back for shooting range

Developers will carry on with plan for training facility

 

Park Drain Ditched

Council remove drainage channel from park in flood scheme proposals

 

We welcome Penny as new community editor

Penny Johnstone brings her positivity and experience to the E&L

 

Confidence will return

Talk of change from Pandemic to endemic gives businesses hope

 

Massive donation to Tarras Valley Reserve

Anonymous donor takes funding over the quarter-way mark

 

Communities have pulled together despite the setbacks

Better days are coming, so let’s all look forward to…

 

Scott’s coachman

Langholm sisters investigate their forebears

 

Flood gates installed

Copshaw residents get extra protection

 

Chillifest is a hot topic on BBC’s The One Show

Organisers interviewed and event shown on national television

 

Arwen becomes unexpected guest at twins’ birthday treat

A BIRTHDAY treat turned into a real adventure for one…

 

Aftermath of Arwen

Huge storm leaves structural damage and hundreds of trees down…

 

Positive response to Callisterhall wind farm

A PUBLIC consultation of the Callisterhall wind farm saw a…

 

Call for bus company to revert to old timetable

Politicians support petition to return to pre-Covid service

 

Newcastleton will benefit from its share of £1.34m. government funding

NEWCASTLETON and District Community Trust has secured funding from the…

 

Fast progress with jags in face of increasing cases

Region ploughs on with roll-out of boosters and flu vaccinations

 

11 brass bands descend on town for day’s contest

Langholm Town Band hosts 2021 Borders Entertainment Contest

 

Shooting range appeal

Scottish government asked to overturn council decision

 

Walking in the rain

Rotary Umbrella Walk raises smiles and funds despite the weather

 

Public meets flood experts face-to-face

D&G Council’s two-day engagement attracts large numbers

 

Faw Side wind farm will see public inquiry

Dumfries & Galloway Council and developers come under fire

 

Fiery, friendly fun at first ChilliFest

Several hundred visitors make all the preparation worthwhile

 

Trip Hazard

Surface of suspension bridge unsafe

 

Second phase buyout

If successful, nature reserve would expand by 5,300 acres

 

Kim donates locks

Little Princess Trust helps ease diagnosis

 

COP26 pilgrimage visits Langholm

PILGRIMS on their way to the COP26 climate change conference…

 

Local MP and councillors react to MP Sir David Amess death

MPs and councillors will continue to engage with constituents

 

Organisations benefit from Recovery Fund

RECOVERY funding has been secured for six organisations in Langholm.…

 

Marathon adventure

Eskdalemuir man runs for special charity

 

Borderlands bid rejected

City of Culture not coming our way

 

Brexit given as reason for demise of LEADER

Langholm received around £260,000 in funding from the project

 

SURF award shortlist for Old Police Station

Langholm affordable accommodation project up for prestigious award

 

Walk on the wild side

THE Langholm Initiative will celebrate Community Land Week Scotland with…

 

Up for auction again

‘Standout’ property needs extensive repairs and renovation

 

Copshaw Holm on film

A SHORT film has been created showcasing the payoff from…

 

A Modelling career awaits Langholm teen

Sam Cook signs up with London agency and hits the…

 

Frustration over X95

UNHAPPY locals are calling on Borders Buses to increase the…

 

A stitch in time

400 years marked with wonderful tapestry

 

Over 50’s boosters and jabs for 12-15 year olds

D & G team are readying the plans to roll out the…

 

Local sorting office threatened with closure

Royal Mail property review leaves Langholm in limbo

 

Public consultation on flood proposals promised

Councillor says ‘Ditch the Drain’ campaigners are being heard

 
 
requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Configure
 
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.