- last updated 03/07/2020 -

Stay alert - Control the virus - Save lives

We are all concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic currently spreading across the country, and the globe. We have put this page together for local residents to help answer any questions that you may have. The Government has stated that it is prepared to do whatever it takes to tackle the outbreak and protect the public. 

This is a new virus, but as it progresses we are understanding the nature of the virus, and how we can see the country through these trying times. The Government has created an online hub containing further information and advice on COVID-19. It is absolutely vital that we follow the scientific advice so that we can stop this virus spreading where possible. 

Stopping the Spread

On March 23rd, the Prime Minister announced strict new rules surrounding social-distancing. There has been a modest relaxation of these measures but we must remain at home as much as possible. You are allowed out for the following reasons.

There has been a modest easing of lockdown and you are now permitted to meet up to 6 individuals from different households outdoors if you can maintain social distancing. We must all remain vigilant and continue to take precautions to lower the risk of transmission this includes regular hand washing for more than 20 seconds.   

What are the symptoms?

If you are infected you may have very minor symptoms, minor symptoms or more severe symptoms, but the NHS cites three symptoms to look out for as:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A fever or high temperature
  • A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

What should I do if I have either of the above symptoms?

  • Protect others - don't call NHS 111
  • Protect others - don't call, or go to your GP
  • Protect others - don't go to your local hospital

f you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can ask for a test to check if you have the virus. This is called an antigen test. This link will take you to the NHS' test site.

There is another type of test (antibody test) that checks if you've already had the virus. This test is not widely available yet. You can find out about antibody testing on GOV.UK

If you live alone - isolate yourself at home immediately for 7 days

If you live with others - you should all isolate yourselves at home for 14 days - this 14-day period starts from the day the first person in the home noticed the symptoms.

The evidence suggests - your staying at home for 14 days will significantly reduce the number of people in the community that will become infected with the virus.

For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

If at-risk people share your home - such as those who are older and those with underlying health conditions - it is advisable for them to move out, perhaps to stay with friends or family for the whole isolation period. They need to minimise contact with others during this period whether or not they are able to move out.

For further information read this government advice on staying at home and isolating.

Latest COVID-19 news and data from the Government

The government has created a one-stop-shop for all guidance and advice. Due to the quick moving situation this website is regularly updated with new advice. 

Since the daily press briefings have been suspended, the Government has published a new site with daily Covid data and plain analysis.