Update Suffolk County Council - 31.03.2020

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, infrequently and only one person
  • One form of exercise a day, alone or with members of your household and from home
  • Any medical needs, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely can’t be done from home


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.

Current Situation 



  • As of 9am on 30 March 2020, a total of 134,946 people have been tested, of which 112,805 were confirmed negative and 22,141 were confirmed positive. As of 5pm on 29 March 2020 (UK deaths are confirmed every day at 17:00 hrs), 1,408 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.
  • In Suffolk we have 100 confirmed cases. However, with routine community testing discontinued, these figures will not describe the full extent of cases locally. You can view the latest UK dashboard of cases by local authority
  • The Foreign Office has announced a new Government partnership with airlines to fly back more tourists stranded 




  • School Easter Holidays: Schools and Early Years Settings are a crucial part of our response to the Covid-19 pandemic and without the hard work and dedication of school and early years leaders and staff many key workers would be unable to continue delivering essential services. Therefore, over the Easter break schools and Early Years Settings in Suffolk are putting in arrangements to allow children of key workers and vulnerable children who need to attend school to do so. In some schools this may include opening over bank holidays. Schools and Early Year Settings across Suffolk will all be delivering this in slightly different ways – with some developing local collaborations – so parents are advised to contact their school directly to find out more information.
  • Community: A number of staff from Suffolk County Council gave up their free time over the weekend of 28/29 March to volunteer in efforts to support particularly vulnerable residents across the county, making over 400 welfare calls to residents who have been identified through the Government’s Covid-19 ‘Shielding’ programme as being potentially at risk or in need of additional support during this challenging time. As a result, around 28 essential food packages were prepared and then distributed to residents who confirmed during their conversations that they were in need of essential supplies but had no way of getting them. Work continues over coming days to identify and support such residents locally as the Government continues to roll out its programme of support.
  • PPE: A central PPE team is managing our response to the PPE needs across Suffolk and are co-ordinating getting equipment to our critical frontline teams as a priority. Alongside the effort to procure PPE we have developed further guidance to support staff and providers to understand when PPE is required and how it should be used. If you have any queries or questions, please contact the ppe@suffolk.gov.uk
  • Suffolk Trading Standards: Beware of these fake message claiming to be from the Government offering all residents money to help them during the c19 pandemic. Report all scams to us via 0808 223 1133.

 Useful Websites (any new guidance is in BOLD)

 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 new published and some other key published guidance in this bulletin.




Who For



Temporary approval of home use for both stages of early medical abortion

Clinicians and women in early medical abortion

women and girls will be able to take both pills for early medical abortion up to 10 weeks in their own homes, without the need to first attend a hospital or clinic

registered medical practitioners (doctors) will be able to prescribe both pills for the treatment of early medical abortion up to 10 weeks from their own homes

This is a temporary approval in light of coronavirus (COVID-19).


COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

parents and carers on looking after children or young people

Added easy-read guide.


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


Added new easy-read guidance on ‘Staying at home’ and ‘Keeping away from other people’.


COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

All adults and children who should be shielded and their family, friends, and carers

Added translated guidance


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

Added guidance on school food contracts and the national voucher scheme, including how to order. Also added a question and answer section.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on business support grant funding


Version 3 published with updates on State Aid, monitoring and reporting requirements, new annexes on state aid, Spotlight, and post payment checks, clarification of eligibility of charities.


NHS - COVID-19 go-to page

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



GOV.UK – COVID-19 homepage

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



Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

Main collection of guidance for anyone in any setting
- for non-clinical settings
- for health professionals



Full guidance on staying at home and away from others


The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.


COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

households with possible infection



Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do




Coronavirus: How to help safely




PHE Health Matters

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



PHE Campaign Resource Centre

Range of comms resources that can be used



COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing




Mental health support and advice from:

General public, staff and carers



Chronic disease self- care during COVID-19:

General public



COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings

non-healthcare settings



Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government

Local councils



COVID-19 essential travel guidance




Further businesses and premises to close




COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

employees, employers and businesses



 Global – WHO Situation Report


  • WHO RISK ASSESSMENT (Global Level) - Very High
  • WHO Corvid-19 Dashboard for professionals using near real time data.


Situation in Numbers WHO SitRep 70, 30 Mar  (new since last 24hrs)






693 224 confirmed (58 411)

33 106 deaths (3215)

Western Pacific Region

103 775 confirmed (987)

3649 deaths (23)

European Region

392 757 confirmed (31 726)

23 962 deaths (2535)

South-East Asia

4084 confirmed (375)

158 deaths (19)

Eastern Mediterranean Region

46 329 confirmed (3552)

2813 deaths (145)

Regions of the Americas

142 081 confirmed (21 289)

2457 deaths (484)

African Region

3486 confirmed (482)

60 deaths (09)