Read the latest advice and information about the Coronavirus (Covid19)
It is important to stay informed from official sources. Up to date information can be found on the NHS website.
If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus:
- a high temperature,
- a new, continuous cough, a loss of,
- or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or phone NHS 111 to find out what to do. Do not go to your GP or hospital.
Local Tier restrictions from Wednesday 2 December 2020
From Wednesday 2 December we will change back to local tier restrictions. Coventry has been placed in to Tier 3 - Very High.
Decisions on which area goes into which tier are primarily based on 5 key indicators:
- case detection rates in all age groups
- case detection rates in the over-60s
- the rate at which cases are rising or falling
- positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken)
- pressure on the NHS, including current and projected occupancy
New guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people - 30 November
The guidance has been updated to support the clinically extremely vulnerable in protecting themselves from exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19). It replaces previous guidance on shielding that was in place during the 4-week period of National Restrictions.
The guidance is set out in 2 parts:
- Updated advice on protecting the clinically extremely vulnerable, based on the tiers of local restrictions in your area. The advice sets out the additional things people at the highest risk from COVID-19 are advised to do to keep themselves safe for each tier.
- Updated shielding advice that is more targeted and will only apply in some of the worst affected areas and only for a limited period of time. You are only advised to follow shielding advice if you receive a new written shielding notification.
Christmas bubble - 23-27 December 2020
The Government have announced that between 23 and 27 December you can make a Christmas bubble with friends and family. Travel restrictions across the four administrations and between tiers will also be lifted to provide a window for households to come together. Up to three households can form an exclusive ‘bubble’ to meet at home during this period. When a bubble is formed it is fixed, and must not be changed or extended further at any point.
Each Christmas bubble can meet at home, at a place of worship or an outdoor public place, but existing, more restrictive rules on hospitality and meeting in other venues will be maintained throughout this period
Homecare workers to be tested weekly for COVID-19 - 23 November
The Government have announced that Care workers looking after people in their own homes will be offered weekly coronavirus tests.
Those working for CQC-registered providers will receive weekly PCR tests to administer at home, which will help identify more asymptomatic cases and protect care users who are more vulnerable to the virus.
New guidance to support safe care home visits during lockdown - 5 November
All care home residents in England should be allowed to receive visits from their family and friends in a COVID-secure way following new guidance to be used while national restrictions are in place from Thursday 5 November.
Options for safe care home visits in line with the guidance could include:
- Visits using COVID-secure visiting areas/pods with floor to ceiling screens and windows where the visitor and resident enter through different entrances, are separated by screens and visitors do not need to enter or pass through the care home
- Visits at windows, where the visitor doesn’t need to come inside the care home or where the visitor remains in their car, and the resident is socially distanced
- Outdoor visits with one other person – visitors can meet outside with a loved one, in areas which can be accessed without anyone going through a shared building
- Further support for virtual visits, encouraging the use of video calls
New legal duty to self-isolate - 28 September
From today, people in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. A number of steps will be taken to make sure that people are complying with the rules. These include:
- NHS Test and Trace call handlers increasing contact with those self-isolating
- Using police resources to check compliance in highest incidence areas and in high-risk groups, based on local intelligence
- Investigating and prosecuting high-profile and egregious cases of non-compliance
- Acting on instances where third parties have identified others who have tested positive but are not self-isolating
Local authorities will be working quickly to set up Test and Trace Support Payment schemes and they are expected to be in place by 12 October. Those who are told to self-isolate from today will receive backdated payments, if they are eligible, once the scheme is set up in their local authority.
Guidance to parents and guardians: when you should book a coronavirus test for your child
You should only book a test if your child has any of these 3 coronavirus symptoms:
- a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)
- a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal
Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste. This is because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.
If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of
symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly
Only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test
for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three
symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst
waiting for the test result.
NHS COVID-19 app
The NHS COVID-19 app has been launched to help notify users if they have come into contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace individuals that have coronavirus.
The app does this while protecting the user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.
(Added Thursday 24 September)
What is a Support Bubble?
If you live alone or you’re a single parent who lives alone with your children, you can meet with 1 other household without social distancing.
This is called a support bubble.
Once you’re in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as being in a single household with the people from that other household.
Face coverings - when you should wear one
Face coverings are mandatory for:
- Public Transport
- NHS settings
- Supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs
You are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
Support for mental wellbeing
If you feel your mental wellbeing is being affected by the coronavirus situation the national mental health charity MIND has information on things you can do.
Many children will be anxious or worried about the coronavirus outbreak and that many will have questions about everything that is happening at the moment. The Children's Commissioner have created a guide to help explain to children, in language they can understand, some of the issues surrounding coronavirus.