Wiltshire Council News and COVID-19 Update 15 September

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases

The number of cases in Wiltshire has decreased in recent days but continue to be high.

The rate of cases per 100,000 has gone from 331.9 to 323.4.

Please keep washing your hands regularly or sanitising them, and consider meeting others outside or open doors and windows when indoors with others. Also, please get your first and second dose of the vaccine when offered, wear face coverings on public transport, and if you have COVID symptoms, please book a test and self-isolate immediately

Thanks as always for your support.


Government has published its COVID-19 Autumn and Winter Plan

What are the aims of the plan?

The Government has published its autumn and winter COVID-19 response plan and we are asking you to continue to do what you can to protect one another and local health services at this challenging time.

Within the plan, the Government states that the country is learning to live with COVID-19, and the main line of defence is now vaccination rather than lockdown.

The Government’s plan is to prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the NHS does not come under unsustainable pressure.

It wants to achieve this by:

  • Building defences through pharmaceutical interventions: vaccines, antivirals and disease modifying therapeutics
  • Identifying and isolating positive cases to limit transmission: Test, Trace and Isolate.
  • Supporting the NHS and social care: managing pressures and recovering services.
  • Advising people on how to protect themselves and others: clear guidance and communications.
  • Pursuing an international approach: helping to vaccinate the world and managing risks at the border.  

Booster vaccines and vaccines for 12-15 year olds

Booster vaccines will be offered to those who received a vaccination in phase 1 of the programme. 12-15 year olds will be offered a first dose and the NHS will work with school immunisation teams to implement this.


PCR tests

The Test, Trace, and Isolate system remains critical to the Government’s plan. Everyone with COVID-19 symptoms should continue to self‑isolate and take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. The legal requirement to self-isolate for 10 days if an individual tests positive for COVID-19 will remain in place in order to prevent those who are infected from mixing in the community and passing on the virus. Over autumn and winter PCR testing for those with COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be available free of charge. PCR tests can be booked online.


Asymptomatic testing

Regular asymptomatic testing using lateral flow tests will continue to help find cases and break the chains of transmission. It will be particularly focused on those who are not fully vaccinated, those in education, and those in higher-risk settings such as the NHS, social care, and prisons. You can find out more about asymptomatic testing on our website.


Flu vaccination

To help support health services, at an already busy time, a free flu vaccination will be available for more people than normal. It will be available to the previously eligible groups, which includes primary school children, 65 year olds and over, vulnerable groups, and pregnant women. Eligibility for a free flu vaccination this year will also be extended to include secondary school children and 50-64 year olds.


International travel

The Government will shortly set out a revised framework for international travel, in advance of the next formal checkpoint review, with a deadline of 1 October.


Vaccine certificates

Mandatory vaccine‑only certification (or ‘COVID passports’ as they’ve been called) will not be implemented from the end of September where large crowds gather, but this does remain a contingency option.


What can you do to keep yourselves and others safe?

Wear a mask in enclosed indoor spaces
Wash or sanitise hands regularly
Isolate and book a PCR test if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
Get the vaccine when offered to you
Take regular lateral flow tests to help break transmission
Try to stay at home if you’re feeling unwell
Let fresh air in if you meet people indoors
Download the NHS COVID-19 app


Full plan

We have just provided a brief summary, and we encourage you to take a look at the full plan that can be found online.

Our reaction to today’s plan can be found on our website.

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Local stories in and around the Malmesbury area to keep you up-to-date.


A wonderful place to visit with a wealth of attractions right on the doorstep.


Malmesbury is a beautiful town to visit in its own right and attractions include the jewel in our crown being Malmesbury Abbey, the fabulous Abbey House Gardens, and Malmesbury’s 15th century Market Cross.

For more than two and a half millennia successive generations have populated this hilltop, which forms the centre of the community we now call Malmesbury.


Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9BZ

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