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COVID: Birmingham Councillors asked to isolate following positive test at meeting

COVID: Birmingham Councillors asked to isolate following positive test at meeting

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An alert has been sent out to around 100 Birmingham councillors, chiefs and staff after they attended a huge gathering in the city – where someone later tested positive for Covid.

All attendees at the meeting – which included nearly every councillor from across Birmingham – have been advised to book a PCR test via the NHS, while also being advised not to gather with vulnerable people.

And those who have not received two jabs have been told to self-isolate for ten days.

The councillors and staff gathered at the REP studio theatre in the city centre yesterday (Tuesday) for the meeting of full council.

Images from the meeting show tables packed tightly together, few social distancing measures being observed and very few, if any, masks being worn by those in attendance.

And it now appears that everyone in attendance will be forced to either get tested or self-isolate, with a statement from the council reading:

“An attendee tested positive for Covid-19 following the city council meeting on 14 September 2021.

“In light of the significant mixing that took place, and after taking advice from Public Health, it has been determined all those who attended could meet the definition of a contact and therefore need to follow the standard guidance in such situations.

“Attendees who have not been double vaccinated have been informed they need to isolate for 10 days.

“Those who have been double vaccinated have been advised to book a PCR test via the NHS. They do not need to self-isolate whilst awaiting the result but the advice is not to gather with vulnerable people.”

It is not known which attendee tested positive or when they contracted the virus.

The council returned to in-person meetings earlier in the summer after spending the majority of the coronavirus pandemic conducting meetings from home, with a live-stream service set up to broadcast the meetings.

This was despite the concerns of some councillors around the potential risk of coronavirus, with some even refusing to attend due to the risk involved.

Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter

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