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UPDATE 18TH MARCH 2020
NEW GUIDANCE FOR HOUSEHOLDS WITH SYMPTOMSYesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
The symptoms are:
A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
A new, continuous cough
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
Advice is that those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
This group includes those who are:
Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.
We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:
This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.
EXCEPTIONAL TRAVEL ADVISORY NOTICE
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice takes effect immediately and applies initially for a period of 30 days.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice.
DFE GOVERNMENT HELPLINE
On 2nd March 2020 the Department for Education launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
DfE helpline 0800 046 8687
FURTHER INFORMATIONPlease continue to keep yourself informed and updated via the government website below:
GOV.UK - Latest updates on Coronavirus
NHS - Common questions about the Coronavirus
Please also check our letters home page here.