Coronavirus update

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Dundee City Council is working closely with partners across the city to deal with the ongoing impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Officers are monitoring the local situation daily and following the advice given by government and NHS public health experts. The council continues to consider appropriate actions based on the national guidance.

This week (Monday 21 - Friday 25 June):

Civic leaders have called for “another collective effort from the people of Dundee” to halt the escalating spread of Coronavirus in the city.

The number of Covid-19 cases being identified in the city has increased again this week, and Dundee continues to have the highest rate of infection per 100,000 people in Scotland.

The Lord Provost and Council Leader have said everyone has a part to play by following guidance and hygiene measures in the weeks leading up to proposed easing of restrictions, announced by the First Minister this week. 

Council leader John Alexander said it was a “critical period” and that the current significant increase in cases needed to be taken seriously.

Councillor Alexander said: “Here in Dundee and across Scotland, we are starting to see vaccines break the link between infections and hospitalisation.

“That’s really positive news, and the vaccination programme continues to make tremendous progress. But we’re not all protected yet, and this is a critical period.

“We need to do everything we can to prevent the spread of the more-transmissible Delta variant and protect those who are not yet fully protected by vaccines.

“That means continuing to follow the Level 2 guidance in place for Dundee. Minimising our number of contacts with others and maintaining good hygiene are important ways to break the chain of infection.”

Lord Provost Ian Borthwick said: “The last year or so has been difficult for us all, and it’s understandable that people are tired and frustrated.

“Remember, hope is on the horizon. We’re making great progress with the vaccines, and every day more people are protected from this awful virus.

“I know how much we have asked of ourselves and each other since last March, but we need another collective effort from the people of Dundee over the coming days and weeks.”

Meanwhile, a Caird Hall surge vaccination clinic has been set up until Wednesday 30th June for 18 to 29-year-olds following the rise of COVID-19 cases in communities around Dundee.

The clinic is serving anyone in the age group who has not yet had their first Pfizer vaccine and does not have a set appointment.

Scheduled clinics for those who have appointments will continue to run and members of the public are being asked to attend their appointments.

Elsewhere, as Dundee nurseries and schools close for the summer break, a senior councillor has thanked pupils, families and staff for their efforts during the “most challenging of times”.

And he is praising the efforts of social workers and officers for supporting vulnerable city children throughout the pandemic.

Councillor Stewart Hunter is recognising the contribution of everyone connected with the city’s nursery and school communities as coronavirus continued to have an impact.

The children and families convener said: “This last school year has been the most challenging of times, with our nursery, primary and secondary communities facing multiple covid-related issues.

“However, our pupils, families and staff have been so resilient.

“In recent weeks, we have we have seen an escalation in the number of pupils and staff self-isolating as cases have risen across Dundee.

“Our schools have worked closely with local public health experts to ensure that the appropriate measures are taken and that nurseries and schools are as safe as possible.

“Life has been very different in all our nurseries and schools and this has been a difficult year.

“Throughout the pandemic, our social work and children’s staff have maintained contact and support for some of the most vulnerable children in the city and that vital work is much appreciated.”

Additionally, a new school holiday campaign launched this week urging everyone in Dundee to enjoy plenty of summertime fun with extended family and friends, but to be alert for signs that the lockdown experience was anything but fun for some children.

The Dundee Child Protection Committee is supporting the national For Kids’ Sake… campaign, which encourages everyone to look out for clues that a child may have experienced harm, neglect or abuse during the pandemic.

Child Protection Committee chair Elaine Torrance said that, while everyone is excited about having holiday fun over the summer holidays, some children will have had a very difficult time in recent months. 

“Most children and young people in Dundee are really looking forward to having sleepovers, day trips, staycations and time with grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and family friends in the school break,” she said. 

“Sadly, some of those children will have been through a rough time during the pandemic. It’s only now that we are beginning to spend significant time with children we’ve seen very little of during lockdown months, and it’s only now that we might notice or sense that something is wrong.”

Lastly, a Get into Summer programme to support children and young people most impacted by COVID-19 in Dundee is being launched.

The city council will be working with partners at Leisure & Culture Dundee and other organisations across the city, to provide targeted support for those aged up to 25 from identified groups and low-income households who may otherwise struggle to access activities during the summer holidays.

Visits to some of the city’s top attractions such as Olympia, Dundee Ice Arena, Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Dundee Science Centre, Discovery Point and Verdant Works are just some of the experiences that will be available to groups and individuals.

Covid-19 Health & Safety measures will be in place for every activity and venue with activities only taking place under strict guidelines and procedures.  

More information is available at https://www.parentclub.scot/topics/get-into-summer

The full list of council services affected by Coronavirus can be found on the Dundee City Council website.

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