Coronavirus Updates

This page has been designed to provide up-to-date information, guidance and advice with regards to coronavirus (COVID-19).

How serious is coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called Coronavirus. An NHS overview on COVID-19 can be found here.

The evidence shows us that the vast majority of people who get this virus have relatively mild symptoms and make a full recovery. But in a small percentage of cases, the virus can cause more severe symptoms. This is particularly true for people with a weakened immune system, for older people and for those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. 

What are the symptoms?

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

  • A new continuous cough
  • A fever or high temperature

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

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.

If at-risk people share your home - such as those who are older and those with underlying health conditions - the NHS advise 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.

The Government response to COVID-19 is guided by medical and scientific advice received from the independent Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Advisor, taking into account information from the NHS and other relevant public bodies. It is fast-moving and Government advice on Coronavirus is subject to change – for the latest information visit Gov.uk and the Gov.uk COVID-19 page.

The Government's COVID-19 Action Plan can be found by clicking here.

Support for Meon Valley Residents

Neighbourhood help around Meon Valley

Click here If you are looking for local support groups or ways to volunteer in Meon Valley 

Do you have coronavirus symptoms?

If you need medical help, please use the 111 online coronavirus service.

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Click here if you or any of your household have coronavirus symptoms and want to check the governments advice

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Click here to find out what support and advice is available for business owners, employees or self employed people

Guidance for people travelling overseas

Click here to see the latest government advice for those currently abroad and those planning to travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Click here to see the latest government advice for social distancing and protecting older people and vulnerable adults

Guidance for schools and other educational settings

Click here to see the latest government advice for educational facilities and staff

News

Hampshire Constabulary: take extra care against scams

Extra care needs to be taken as we are more excepting of going to unfamiliar websites and receiving emails from unusual sources whilst dealing with current events.

Fraud types and advice - Individuals

Coronavirus: Contacting Hampshire Police During the Pandemic

Hampshire Police are working hard to keep their communities safe in these challenging times.

Their priority is the safety and welfare of their communities, and they will play their part in reducing the spread of infection and keeping the NHS functioning.

Coronavirus: Over 700,000 sign up to new NHS volunteer scheme

On Tuesday Matt Hancock and the NHS launched NHS Volunteer Responders, a new group that will carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support up to 1.5 million people in England who have been asked to shield themselves from Coronavirus because of their underlying health conditions.

NHS Guidelines and Helpline

NHS Guidelines

A new NHS 111 online service has been put in place to help people get quick advice about coronavirus, as enquiries to the health service about the outbreak have surged.

NHS staff to have free parking

The government will cover the costs of providing free car parking to NHS staff working in hospitals during this unprecedented time, the Health Secretary has pledged today.

Businesses can delay filing their accounts for 3 months

Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19

Businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.

Published 25 March 2020

Waterlooville is definitely at the top of my agenda

Today someone rightly rang me to complain that I hadn't mentioned Waterlooville in the press article in the News. I can assure you that Waterlooville is definitely on my list of helpful contacts. Here is the information I have for Waterloovile residents so far: