Straight Talking: November Newsletter
by Andrea Jenkyns MP
I hope you are all safe and well.
As residents will know, the national lockdown to slow the spread of the Coronavirus will come to an end on December 2nd. Following this, we will move to a localised, tier system.
The West Yorkshire area will be in tier 3, the very high risk tier. The rules can be found below. We must all do our part to lower the R rate, and to keep our families, friends, and communities safe this winter.
- Make space and stay 2m away from people you do not live with;
- Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds;
- Cover your face in enclosed spaces; and
- Isolate when you need to/are advised to, and getting a test if you have symptoms.
These tiers will be assessed regularly, and the first opportunity to do so will be December 16th. I encourage everyone in our area to do what they can to help stop the spread of the virus, and to help us collectively move to a lower tier, which will bring greater freedoms for us all.
For a comprehensive list of the restrictions for our local area, please follow this link:
If residents have any questions about what is and is not permitted, please feel free to contact me via: Andrea.Jenkyns.MP@Parliament.UK
Reasons For Hope
A Vaccine is on the way:
I'm sure residents will not have missed the news that a vaccine could be on the way as soon as next month.
The Government has asked the regulator to assess the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, bringing the UK a step closer to a possible rollout.
The UK government has pre-ordered 100m doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and if authorised, AstraZeneca is set to have up to 4m doses ready for the UK by the end of the year and 40m by the end of March 2021.
The regulator has also been asked to assess the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The government has ordered 40m doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine - which preliminary results showed stopped more than 90% of people developing Covid-19 symptoms.
Once a vaccine has passed the UK's intense and rigorous tests for approval, the Government and NHS stands ready to roll out a programme that will start with the most vulnerable in our society.
The R number:
The 'R', or reproduction number, is one of the most important factors in making decisions regarding restrictions. The Government is aiming to see the R number below 1, in order to slow the spread of the virus.
The government's current figures for the R number across the whole of the UK is: 0.9 - 1.0
As you can see, we are nationally in a good position and moving in the right direction. Together, we can reduce the R number further, and help save lives.
Speaking to local businesses across Morley & Outwood, I know many are keen to reap the rewards of an independent trade policy that benefits them, after the end of the Transition Period, in 2021.
In the House of Commons, I asked the Minister of State, Department for International Trade, Greg Hands MP, what the Government's assessment of the New Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is, and how they plan to extend the UK's influence into this area to benefit SMEs across the country.
I welcome that the Government is looking forward to applying to CPTPP, otherwise known as TP11, which is a trade network of 11 countries with major economies such as Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and developing nations such as Peru and Vietnam. This will bring opportunities to businesses large and small, and I look forward to working with Government to ensure our area benefits from these trading relationships
Residents can see my question and the Minister's answer in full here on my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijfre4RZWuk&feature=emb_title
This month, the Government has announced landmark reforms to improve social housing in England, with a new Charter for Social Housing Residents will ensure homes are safe, landlords are more accountable and complaints are dealt with promptly and fairly. I welcome this move which I know from speaking with residents will be received positively.
For more details, please see the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/landmark-reforms-to-improve-social-h…
The Government’s main advice hub is here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- Recent onset of a new continuous, dry cough
- A high temperature.