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Consumers urged to be aware of fake texts offering Covid-19 vaccine

Trading Standards is warning the public to be on their guard following reports that fraudsters are sending out fake texts offering a Covid-19 vaccine in an attempt to steal bank details.

The text offers a link to what police call an “extremely convincing” fake NHS website.

Once on the website people are asked to input their bank details to register for a vaccine.

The scam message reads ‘we have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine’ and then prompts you to click on a link for further information or to ‘apply’ for the vaccine.

If you receive a text or email that asks you to click on a link or for you to provide information, such as your name, credit card or bank details, delete it immediately.

Remember, the NHS will never ask for your payment details.

If you think you have been scammed, you can get advice and find out how to report it at Citizens Advice – What to do if you’ve been scammed.

If you think you have been targeted by a scammer contact Action Fraud on 03001232040

BBC to put lessons on TV during lockdown

The BBC is helping children keep up with their studies during the latest lockdown, by broadcasting lessons on BBC Two and CBBC, as well as online.

Schools are open only to children of key workers and vulnerable children, with most children now continuing their learning remotely from home.

The BBC will show curriculum-based programmes on TV from Monday.

They will include three hours of primary school programming every weekday on CBBC, and at least two hours for secondary pupils on BBC Two.

During the first lockdown, lessons were available in iPlayer, red button and online, but not on regular TV channels.

The move comes amid concerns that low-income families may struggle to afford data packages for their children to take part in online learning.

Stay Home – Protect the NHS – Save Lives

What are England’s new rules?

Read the government guidance at this link here

People in England will have to stay at home and only go out for essential reasons. Primary and secondary schools will move to online learning for all pupils apart from vulnerable and keyworker children, while those who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be advised to shield.

Activities still allowed include:

  • Exercise outdoors (limited to once a day)
  • Meeting one other person from another household in an open public space to exercise
  • Shopping for essentials such as food and medicine
  • You can leave home for work, education, training, childcare and for medical appointments and emergencies
  • Communal religious worship
  • Meeting your support or childcare bubble
  • Children can move between separated parents
  • Activities related to moving house

International travel, or travel around the UK is only permitted for essential reasons.

Hospitality businesses such as pubs and restaurants and non-essential shops must close, as must indoor and outdoor sports facilities including gyms and tennis courts.

Essential businesses and services can stay open to the public. These include:

  • Supermarkets, food shops, pharmacies and garden centres
  • Places of worship
  • Petrol stations and MOT services
  • Laundrettes
  • Banks and post offices
  • Doctors and dentists’ surgeries and vets
  • Car parks, public toilets and playgrounds