Latest Coronavirus Guidance 17 March 2020

Cases identified in England

As of 9am on 17 March 2020, 50,442 people have been tested in the UK, of which 48,492 were confirmed negative and 1,950 were confirmed as positive.

Confirmed cases in each local authority and NHS region are published by Public Health England (PHE).

Bedfordshire NHS 13/03/2020 

The NHS in Bedfordshire and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The Chief Medical Officer has announced that the country is moving into the ‘Delay’ stage of the response to coronavirus from Friday, 13th March 2020.

The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is as follows:

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

a high temperature
a new continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, walk-in centre, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
  • Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.


Stay At Home advice can be found here

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

NHS information – the first port of call for the public:


https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Latest information and advice:


https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public 

FAQs:


https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

Blog about contact tracing:


https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/13/expert-interview-what-is-contact-tracing/ 

Blog about self-isolation:


https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/ 

Blog about the five things you can do to protect yourself and your community:


https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/03/04/coronavirus-covid-19-5-things-you-can-do-to-protect-yourself-and-your-community/ 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What is social distancing?


https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/03/04/coronavirus-covid-19-what-is-social-distancing/ 

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:


https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus 

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