by mikebell on 17 March, 2020
COVID-19 is an illness which can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a coronavirus. There are confirmed cases across the UK and it has been confirmed as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation – that means it’s spreading in multiple countries at the same time.
The gov.uk website is being updated daily with the number of confirmed cases in the UK, including a breakdown of the number of cases in each NHS region: gov.uk website – number of cases in the UK
There is also a dashboard showing cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at local authority level in England: gov.uk website – track coronavirus cases dashboard
Public Health England has a blog which is being updated regularly, including common and frequently asked questions: Public Health England website: novel coronavirus – what you need to know
The government has published an action plan which explains what has happened so far to limit the spread of coronavirus in the UK and what might happen next: gov.uk – coronavirus action plan
There are a number of confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus in North Somerset and our district is directly affected.
Plans are in place to make sure local essential services can continue during this time for the benefit of our residents. North Somerset Council are taking all possible steps in our services to minimise the risk of the virus spreading, but you will appreciate that this is fast-moving situation with government advice developing daily.
North Somerset Council is working with local partners to prepare for any changes in the situation and to minimise any disruption. For the latest updates on Council services, please visit www.n-Somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus
The government are updating travel advice on their website: gov.uk website – travel advice
The government has advised businesses to improve their own resilience by reviewing their business continuity plans. There is advice for employers available on the gov.uk website: gov.uk – COVID-19 guidance for employers and businesses
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading. This is particularly important for people who:
You can help protect yourself and others against coronavirus by keeping good hygiene:
The NHS website has lots of health information and advice, including symptoms and tips on how to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus: NHS website – coronavirus