A message from Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty

A message from Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty 


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Closing Schools

 So far the advice has been that that we should keep schools open to reduce the pressure on the NHS and on other public services. But this has always been a balanced judgement and kept under constant review.  

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:


If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

Support for Business

• A £330 billion package of loans and guarantees is being provided to support small and medium businesses – that’s worth 15 per cent of our GDP.

• All businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will nothave to pay business rates – meaning that none of these.