CORRONAVIRUS UPDATE - Current Situation (18/03/20)

Current UK Risk Level: HIGH

The risk to the UK has been raised to high (as of 13/03/2020).

As of 13 Mar, UK is in the ‘delay’ phase of the government’s action plan to limit the spread of the virus.




This is the latest information/guidance/action relevant to Suffolk today. It is not just restricted to updates from Suffolk County Council. If you would like anything added to this please contact the  

  • Communities: There are a number of community groups, businesses and individuals offering to support vulnerable people in their communities. 

The Collaborative Communities Covid-19 Board is working with partners to ensure that there is a co-ordinated approach to community support and consistent messages.  Some of the national guidance issued includes:

      • Check in on any vulnerable family, friends and neighbours. Sometimes just helping them with their shopping and checking they have everything they need can make a big difference.
      • If you know someone who is self-isolating, contact them via phone and text and check that they’re ok. By its very nature, self-isolation is a solitary experience and their wellbeing will likely be improved by talking to someone.
      • Public Health England has advised people who are self-isolating to do what they can to avoid visitors to their home and any delievreies of groceries, medications or other shopping to be left at the door so please ensure that when you are providing support this advice is followed.
      • Suffolk Mind has some useful tips about to look after your wellbeing when isolated or home working:

The Suffolk Community Foundation has launched the Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund. Money raised will support charity groups and community organisations throughout Suffolk, to reach the most vulnerable during this pandemic. More details here

The Murrayside Community Centre in Ipswich is closing its doors at 5pm on Friday March 20th in line with Government advice.

  • Schools: SCC is currently awaiting guidance from Government on School closure and what roles are to be included in the list of key workers. We do however know many headteachers are already proactively texting and emailing parents to update them on their existing plans. We are supporting schools and looking at a range of contingency plans to reduce the impact of these changes as much as possible. This included the production of home learning resources and measures to ensure the mental wellbeing of children during this time. We will have a more detailed update on this tomorrow.
  • Health and Children’s Centre Groups: SCC has made the decision to temporarily stop running all of our Health & Children’s Centre groups.  This will allow us to use the centres for one to one contacts for those families in greatest need. Child health clinics will become appointment only, families will need to contact their local Health & Children Centre to make an appointment.  For more information advice and guidance families can access the webpage
  • Suffolk County Council: Please be advised that the meeting of the county council’s Cabinet scheduled for 24th March has now been cancelled. This decision was taken by the Chief Executive and the Monitoring Officer in consultation with the Leader of the Council and leaders of the opposition groups, and was made in light of the continuing situation with Coronavirus.

Decisions to cancel meetings are being made on a case by case basis.  Any decisions due to be made by Cabinet during that meeting will either be delayed or dealt with in an alternative way

  • Suffolk Events: A number of announcements were made yesterday to cancel events, including: The Suffolk Show, the Hadleigh Show and the Suffolk Walking Festival.
  • Children and parents: With schools closing it is likely this will only add to the anxiety and worry that many children will be feeling towards the Coronavirus outbreak. Equally parents will also be concerned about the best way to help their children understand the changes they are experiencing and on a practical level how best to plan schooling at home. With this in mind The BBCs Newsround have put together a video which provides a list of top tips on keeping safe and adapting to these changes.
  • Suffolk Trading Standards: Felixstowe CAB has taken the decision to cease giving face-2-face advice. This is in line with most other CAB offices across Suffolk. They will have sufficient paid staff and volunteers to run an extended telephone and e-mail service. Trading Standards: The work done by our Imports Team at the Port of Felixstowe is essential and has been prioritised. Appropriate procedures and measures are in place to enable officers to safely carry out physical exams of consignments to prevent dangerous and unsafe items entering the UK market.

Useful Websites (any new guidance is in RED)

The existing guidance is being updated extremely regularly (and in some cases daily) so please check any guidance relevant to your area to ensure that you are accessing the most up to date version. I will only be able to highlight newly published guidance in this bulletin.



Who For/Notes



Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

General public


Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)

General public travelling and living overseas


COVID-19: investigation and initial clinical management of possible cases




General Public – this is the only site we should be promoting to the public for information


NHS 111

General Public – For people to use incl a symptom checker


PHE UK Dashboard

UK Dashboard of cases and deaths


Gov.UK – Central public resource

Main cover webpage for all government guidance for public & professionals alike


PHE Health Matters

Post on General FAQs that include a section to submit questions at the bottom of the page.

6 - Single central information source

For stakeholders or the media


PHE Campaign Resource Centre

Range of comms resources that can be used

8 - First Responder guidance

Initial guidance for first responders but can be adapted for others as required

9 - Health Professionals Guidance


Central location for health guidance

10 - Non health Specific Guidance


Guidance decontamination in non-healthcare settings

11 - Infection Prevention and Control guidance

For health and social care professionals or others



COVID-19: residential care, supported living and home care guidance

Providers of residential care, supported living, and home care


COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable people.


COVID-19 guidance for mass gatherings

Guidance and advice for those arranging or planning to attend events in the UK.


COVID-19: guidance for staff in the transport sector

Staff in the transport sector


COVID-19 industry guidance

  • educational settings such as schools or universities
  • prisons, immigration centres and other places of detention
  • shipping and sea ports
  • transport hubs including airports and train stations
  • hostels and day centres (rough sleepers)


Coronavirus (COVID-19): immigration guidance

for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus


Coronavirus bill: what it will do


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government

Local councils


COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

for employees, employers and businesses


WHO Corvid-19 Dashboard

For professionals using near real time data.


Global – WHO Situation Report 58, 18 Mar  

  • WHO RISK ASSESSMENT (Global Level) - Very High

Situation in Numbers WHO SitRep 58, 18 Mar  (new since last 24hrs)





191 127 confirmed (15 123)

7807 deaths (786)

Western Pacific Region

91 845 confirmed (312)

3357 deaths (23)

European Region

74 760 confirmed (10 911)

3352 deaths (604)

South-East Asia

538 confirmed (63)

9 deaths (1)

Eastern Mediterranean Region

18 060 confirmed (1552)

1010 deaths (140)

Regions of the Americas

4979 confirmed (2243)

68 deaths (18)

African Region

233 confirmed (42)

4 deaths (0)