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 As of 19 March 2020 (the week before lockdown), COVID-19 was no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK (More)

  • 5.1 The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock MP, has made the following statement regarding Human Rights: “In my view the provisions of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions ) (England) Regulations 2020 are compatible with the Convention rights.” and
  • Para 12.1 "An Impact Assessment has not been prepared for this instrument ... however, Office of National Statistics data indicates that these closures will affect 13.1% of the UK’s business units." 
  • Para 13.1 "The legislation applies to activities that are undertaken by small businesses." (More)
  • Face coverings are not a medical device (PPE), and so mask makers must meet the existing safety requirements (PDFv4), For example:
  • "... there should be no claim to the effect that the face covering has been manufactured with the intention of offering protection
  • (a) to users from risks to health and safety (whether COVID-19, pollution, pollen or dust) and/or
  • (b) to people other than the wearer from risks to their health and safety." (via Penrose MP)


COVID Related Information   

BOB will continue to update this archive as time permits.

 JUNE 2021
18 JUN 21 No Mandatory Vaccination for Care Home Staff in Wales (PDF)
18 JUN 21 NHS hails ‘watershed moment’ as all adults receive invite to book their jab (PDF)
11JUN21 SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants under investigation in England Technical briefing 15, 16, 17 (Video Analysis - Vaccinated people have a 315% elevated risk of death after contracting Delta Variant) Variant Framework - Risk Assessments Delta JUN21
 MARCH 2021
15 MAR 21 Government transparency and accountability during COVID19 the data underpinning decisions
19 FEB 20 Matt Hancock acted unlawrfully over pandemic contracts (PDF)
FEB 2021 Govt COVID-19 Response Spring 2021 (PDF)
08 JAN 21 Face coverings in education Guidance (PDF)
20 NOV 20 Post-lockdown SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid screening in nearly ten million residents of Wuhan, China - Asymptomatic Study
2020 Electrifying the UK and the Want of Engineering
22 OCT 20 "Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2020: Wave 1 follow up to the 2017 survey. In 2020, one in six (16.0%) children aged 5 to 16 years were identified as having a probable mental disorder, increasing from one in nine (10.8%) in 2017.  The increase was evident in both boys and girls" (PDF) See also "The Devastating Toll of the Pandemic on Children"
12 SEP 20 Never endanger our liberties or democratic processes
11 SEP 20 Army to help NHS deliver biggest vaccination push in British history (PDF)
SEP 2020 WHO COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update and Weekly Operational Updates
28 AUG 20 Overview Govt Consultation: changes to Human Medicine Regulations to support the rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines (PDF) and  COVID and Flu draft statutory instrument (PDF) Human Medicines Regulations 2012 (PDF) Blog
10 AUG 20 What The Military is Doing To Fight COVID-19 (PDF)
AUG 20 COVID19 was removed from the High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID) list the week before lockdown (HCID Jan-Mar20 & reconfirmed Apr-Jun 2020 & 17Jun20)  See also non-COVID reports (OCT19, NOV19, DEC19, JUL20)
JULY 2020
17 JUL 20 Matt Hancock orders urgent review into 'misleading' PHE coronavirus death statistics (PDF)
17 JUL 20 Labour market overview, UK: July 2020
JULY 20 Guidance for public health officers - Potentially infectious persons - Schedule to the Coronavirus Act 2020
JULY 20  
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JUNE 2020

29 JUN 20 Govt - Safer travel guidance for passengers, operators, air travel (Poster)
28 JUN 20 Trial of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine starts in Brazil (PDF) UK & US (PDF) - it would be interesting to know the conditions of the trial, esp. as UK has already purchased the vaccine, e.g. which socio-economic groups this is tested on, whether immunity is tested before the trial starts and how how it is ensured that the 'subject' is isolated during the trial.
26 JUN 20 Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms
26 JUN 20 Doctors raise concerns over the government's 'ad hoc' Covid-19 test and trace system because it 'relies heavily on private companies' (PDF), Newcastle Uni (PDF) Original BMJ Article
25 JUN 20 UK councils fear bankruptcy amid Covid-19 costs (PDF)
23 JUN 20 Two-metre rule reduced as pubs and restaurants in England given green light to reopen from 4 July (PDF)
18 JUN 20 Weston General Hospital is now fully open to new patients (PDF)
18 JUN 20 How does contact tracing work in England? (PDF)
12 JUN 20 The rule that isn't actually a rule: Official Government papers say two-metre distancing guidance is just 'a precaution' (PDF)
11 JUN 20

Coronavirus fears blamed for 60% fall in cancer referrals in England (PDF)

10 JUN 20

Experimental statistics Weekly NHS Test and Trace bulletin, England: 28 May – 10 June 2020 (PDF)

10 JUN 20

Zoos and safari parks set to reopen from 15 June - PM (PDF) (NB1 & NB2, NB3 & NB4)

10 JUN 20

NHS waiting list 'could hit 10 million this year' (PDF)

09 JUN 20

All primary pupils no longer going back to school - "Gavin Williamson says he is "working to bring all children back to school in September" across England" (PDF)

05 JUN 20

World Health Organisation (WHO) - Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19. Table of mask usage areas of known or suspected community transmission

04 JUN 20

COVID19 Track and Trace Scam (Blog)

03 JUN 20

Check your mobile phone for a Track and Trace API (Blog)

02 JUN 20

Coronavirus: How safe is it to get on a plane? - "many carriers are making plans to get back in the air." (PDF

JUN 20

Biosecurity for Air Transport A Roadmap for Restarting Aviation v.2 (PDF)

02 JUN 20

Is It Back to School Time? (Blog)

02 JUN 20

What parents and carers need to know about schools, colleges and other education

settings during the coronavirus outbreak

02 JUN 20

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June:

guidance for parents and carers - Updated (previous 02JUN20)

01 JUN 20

Implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings - "Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended" (PDF) See USA CDC approach.

01 JUN 20

A further change to the COVID19 reporting process was introduced on 1 June 2020

and affected data from 24 May onwards.

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MAY 2020

31 MAY 20 Staff not tested at 62% of care homes (Blog)
29 MAY 20

Schools delay re-opening due to Weston hospital closure

29 MAY 20

Chancellor extends Self-Employment Support Scheme and confirms furlough

next steps (previous 29MAY20)

27 MAY 20 NHS test and trace: how it works (PDF) Started 28 May 20
25 MAY 20 Weston Hospital Closed due to COVID19 (Blog)
25 MAY 20

Prime Minister sets out timeline for retail to reopen in June

22 MAY 20

COVID What You Can and Cant Do (Blog)

22 MAY 20

Staying safe outside your home (previous 22MAY20) (Blog)

22 MAY 20

Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

22 MAY 20

Ofqual analytics presents a selection of data in an engaging and accessible way by

using interactive visualisations

22 MAY 20

Ofqual GCSE and A level consultation outcomes and autumn exam series proposals

(previous 22MAY20) and Analysis (previous PDF) Consultation Outcomes (previous PDF)

20 MAY 20

Track and trace system in place from 01 June - PM (PDF)

19 MAY 20

Keeping Children Safe Online (Blog)

18 MAY 20

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people in England with animals (PDF)

18 MAY 20

Northern Ireland to allow groups of six people to meet outdoors

in further easing of lockdown

18 MAY 20

Everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests (PDF)

17 MAY 20 Computer code for Prof Lockdown's model which predicted 500,000 would die from Covid-19 and inspired Britain's 'Stay Home' plan is a 'mess which would get you fired in private industry' say data experts (PDF)
17 MAY 20 COVID Statistics up to 01 May 20 (Blog)
17 MAY 20 Impact of COVID-19 on Voluntary Organisations Consultation (Blog)
17 MAY 20 COVID Statistics up to 01 May 20 (Blog)
14 MAY 20 A&E visits in England down to record low (PDF)
11 MAY 20 Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do (previous 11MAY20)
11 MAY 20 Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy (previous PDF)
01 MAY 20 One-off ONS Ward level COVID Mapping?
01 MAY 20 One-off ONS Local Authority Area Mapping?
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APR 2020
29 APR 20

The way COVID-19 deaths are reported in England changed on 29APR20

(includes data archive)

29 APR 20

Daily death reporting now includes all positive COVID-19 deaths (previous PDF) (BOB)

29 APR 20 You Are Not Alone Domestic Abuse Campaign (PDF)
29 APR 20

There With You: ‘Bleadon’s own Gracie Fields’ puts on weekly Clap for Carers show

for neighbours

29 APR 20

There is continued confusion over how the 'law' is to be interpreted, implemented

and enforced

27 APR 20 COVID19 Scam Summary (Blog)
27 APR 20 NSC COVID19 Help Initiative (Blog)
26 APR 20

Coronavirus tracing app COVIDSafe released by Government to halt spread

of COVID-19 in Australia (video on BOB)

23 APR 20 Features of 16,749 hospitalised UK patients with COVID-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol
21 APR 20 Social Isolation Information from North Somerset Council (Blog)
21 APR 20 Addressing Human Rights as Key to the COVID-19 Response (BOB & BOB)
20 APR 20 League tables, death rates, bed numbers - and other mistaken media measurements. Let's stick to the facts.
17 APR 20 Peace and Quiet ... for how long (Blog)
15 APR 20

Ofqual seeks views on GCSE and A level grading proposals for 2020

(See 22 MAY Outcome)

14 APR 20

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse (BOB)

14 APR 20

Foreign Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) - Dominic Raab


11 APR 20 No Neighbourhood Planning Referendums until 06 May 2021 (Blog)
08 APR 20 3D Animation: SARS-CoV-2 virus transmission leading to COVID-19 (BOB)
07 APR 20 North Somerset Recycling and Waste COVID Info (Blog)
06 APR 20

World Health Organisation (WHO) - Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19

06 APR 20

COVID 2 Scams Update to Keep You Safe at Home - presentation (BOB)

04 APR 20

Downing St COVID19 letter sent to all households with advice - 

"Coronavirus Stay at Home to Protect the NHS" 

page1, pages 2&4, pages 3&8page 5 and pages 6&7. (BOB)

04 APR 20

Dept of Health & Social Care - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scaling up our testing programmes

Govt  (previous 04 APR 20) (BOB)

02 APR 20 Another Coronavirus Scam and Police Advice (Blog)
01 APR 20 Safeguarding adults during the COVID-19 crisis (BOB)
APR 20 Adult Cout Bench Book (BOB)
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MAR 2020
31 MAR 20 Deaths registered weekly in England and Wales, provisional Statistical bulletins
30 MAR 20 Can Window Cleaners and Gardners work during the coronavirus lockdown? (Initial Blog)
30 MAR 20 Government cracks down on spread of false coronavirus information online
28 MAR 20 COVID-19 Animation: What Happens If You Get Coronavirus? (BOB)
26 MAR 20

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020

Also, various updates (BOBLOCKDOWN

25 MAR 20 NSC Coronavirus - How to Protect Yourself and Other - presentation (BOB)
23 MAR 20 COVID19 Scams (Blog) (Initial Blog)
Various Government Coronavirus Advice
23 MAR 20 PM address to the nation on coronavirus: 23 March 2020 (BOB)
23 MAR 20

Boris Johnson tightens national lockdown amid coronavirus crisis - video (BOB)

20 MAR 20

Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

Update 22 MAY 20

20 MAR 20

Coronavirus: UK schools closed indefinitely from Friday and exams cancelled,

government says (Initial Blog)

19 MAR 20

Bleadon Coronavirus Help Group launched, posted on BOB website 23 MAR 20 following

village leaflet drop at the weekend

19 MAR 20 Bleadon Halls Closed for Forseeable Future (Blog)

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE)

are leading the UK government response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Various Various Goverment Coronavirus Updates (BOB)
Various World Health Organisation (WHO) Coronavirus Information (Initial Blog)

NHS Advice (Initial Blog)

19 MAR 20 Statistical informaton (Initial Blog)
19 MAR 20 News information (Initial Blog)
19 MAR 20 Government Information (Initial Blog)
19 MAR 20 Volunteering Information (Initial Blog)
19 MAR 20 Support Groups (Initial Blog)
19 MAR 20 Bleadon BOB Initial Coronavirus Information Blog - Revised
18 MAR 20 There may be some buying restrictions (Initial Blog)
17 MAR 20 Iceland to open early for the elderly amid coronavirus outbreak (Initial Blog)
14 MAR 20 Weston-super-Mare Coronavirus Response Facebook Group  (Initial Blog)
10 MAR 20 Government Statistical Dashboard  (Initial Blog)
Various NSC Together including COVID-19 community response groups in North Somerset (Initial Blog)
Various COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK (Initial Blog)
Various Wiki List of incidents of xenophobia and racism related to the COVID-19 pandemic (BOB)
Various Wiki Chronology of COVID19 Pandemic in the UK (Initial Blog)
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FEB 2020 Bank of England Annual Report 
24 JAN 20 Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK - Pillars (previous 02JUN20)
NOV 2019

PHE - Nudges - Achieving behaviour change - A guide for local government and partners (BOB)

13 FEB 20 (re)published by goverment? 

  Cabinet Office - Nudges - MINDSPACE Influencing behaviour through public policy (BOB)
30 SEP 19 Should vaccinations be compulsory?
Nov 2011

Department for Transport - Nudges - Behavioural Insights Toolkit, Social Research

and Evaluation Division (BOB)

JUL 2010

The 2009 Influenza (Swine Flu) Pandemic by Dame Deirdre Hine (BOB)


Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 

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