Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
Cllr Erdal Dogan has been appointed Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities.
The cabinet have made it one of their top priorities to work collaboratively with local residents and have made community safety one of their top priorities.
Cllr Dogan’s arrival will see him focus on key areas including:
Local voluntary and community sector:
• Capacity-building for VCS organisations
• Women’s Safety
• Hate crime
• Community engagement (including building trust and confidence)
• Anti-social behaviour
• Focus on crime hotspots
• Member of Community Safety Partnership
Equalities, diversity and inclusion:
• Borough Partnership on racial justice
• Social cohesion and social capital
Cllr Dogan was elected as a Haringey Councillor in May 2018 and has lived most of his time in the borough since the age of ten.
He went to White Hart Lane school, and his first job as a teenager was working at a restaurant on Green Lanes. He first became involved in politics in 2010 to achieve change for a better, fairer and more just society.
His professional career has been in Information Technology and Communication in Higher Education Institutions.
Cllr Dogan lives in Northumberland Park with his wife and two children who attend a local community school. He is passionate about community cohesion, equality, education and Digital technologies.
At a Downing Street press briefing this afternoon, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam announced that all over-18s in the UK will be offered a booster vaccine, as part of the government's efforts to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant.
In addition, the gap between second doses and boosters is being reduced from six to three months.
Severely immunocompromised people will be offered a fourth dose and children aged 12 to 15 will be invited for a second dose.
Eleven cases of the Omicron variant have now been detected in the UK. Two new cases have been recorded in London and six in Scotland
The Scottish and Welsh first ministers have urged Boris Johnson to tighten travel restrictions further, by making everyone in the UK isolate for eight days. Downing Street has rejected the call.
Following this announcement on extending COVID-19 booster jabs to all adults 3 months after 2nd jabs, the NHS is working to put in place these new rules. For the time being, please do not come for your booster unless you are over 40 and at least 6 months since your 2nd jab.
New COVID-19 restrictions have been announced following the discovery of a small number of cases of the Omicron variant in the UK. The new measures include:
- the reintroduction of mandatory face coverings in shops and on public transport
- the reintroduction of the red travel quarantine list for travellers from certain countries
- mandatory PCR testing for anyone entering the UK.
These new measures will be in place from 4am on Tuesday 30 November.
The new measures do not include advice to work from home or require vaccine passports in England, part of the Government’s Plan B for winter.
Early evidence suggests the new Omicron variant - initially reported to the World Health Organization from South Africa on Wednesday 24 November - has a higher re-infection risk.
In addition, the Department for Education is now advising pupils in Year 7 and above, as well as school staff and visitors, to wear face coverings in communal areas. The measure applies to education establishments in England including secondary schools, colleges and universities, as well as staff in childcare settings.
The changes mark the return of the travel red list, which had been cleared of all countries in October. Ten countries in southern Africa are now on the UK's travel red list, meaning that until further notice, any British or Irish residents arriving in the UK after recently visiting any of those countries will have to quarantine in an approved hotel for 10 days. Residents from the countries themselves will not be allowed into the UK until the red list status changes.
The countries placed on it are South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini Angola, Namibia, Mozambique and Zambia.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is expected to issue new advice within the next couple of days about extending the booster vaccination programme to adults aged 18 and over.
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