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

Key worker list

Here is the list of key workers that can send their children to school during this coronavirus crisis

How to access financial support

Here is a link to anyone worried about their business or who are in financial hardship and worried about what to do. 

All schools to close this Friday

Coronavirus latest

All schools to close this Friday until further notice

Only children of key workers such as NHS staff, police officers, delivery drivers and vulnerable children will still go to school to help public services to run.

Government and NHS Guidance

Government and NHS guidance for what you need to do in different situations with Coronavirus

Guidance for staying at home

What you need to know

Chancellor announces more support

The Chancellor has announced some more support for businesses. As he said in the press conference, we will do whatever it takes to keep people safe and protect businesses. 

Update on Coronavirus

Latest update to Government guidance from Hampshire County Council 

At the Prime Minister’s press conference this evening, the following new social- distancing measures have been introduced:

Message from the Health Secretary

This is a message from the Health Secretary that was published in the Telegraph

The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest public health emergency in a generation.

 It calls for dramatic action, at home and abroad, of the kind not normally seen in peacetime.

Statement from Flick on Coronavirus

Statement from Meon Valley MP Flick Drummond on Coronavirus

At present, I am continuing to meet with constituents but with added precautions around keeping a distance and not shaking hands.