Suffolk County Council – Covid-19 daily bulletin – 26th June

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Current UK Alert Level: 3

On 19/06/2020 update from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the UK alert level confirmed that the UK COVID-19 alert level has been lowered from risk level 4 to risk level 3. It does not mean that the pandemic is over. The virus is still in general circulation, and localised outbreaks are likely to occur.


Please note the Government’s messaging is ‘stay alert, control the virus, save lives’ (previously ‘stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives’)




Current UK Situation

  • As of 5:03 pm on 25 June, 307,980 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, of those, 43,230 have died across all settings. You can view the latest UK dashboard and cases by local authority here. Confirmed cases* in Suffolk are broken down by Districts & Boroughs as follows:




254.5 per 100,000 residents

East Suffolk


251.8 per 100,000 residents

Mid Suffolk


179.5 per 100,000 residents



168.5 per 100,000 residents

West Suffolk


131.4 per 100,000 residents



204.1 per 100,000 residents




 *Please note numbers may go up or down as the reported data are continually checked and cleaned.



COVID19 related news from GOV.UK



Other COVID19 related news

BBC Health:


BBC Global Picture:

  • The number of new US infections has in recent days reached levels not seen since April.
  • Mexico has now recorded 25,000 deaths and 200,000 cases of the new coronavirus since reporting its first infection almost four months ago.
  • Cases have hit a record daily high in South Africa, the worst-hit country on the continent.
  • The number of cases worldwide stands at 9.6m with more than 490,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • Panic buying ramping up in Australia again as it continues along reopening plans, despite spike in cases in recent weeks.





PPE Update: As Suffolk’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic enters its fourth month, the team set up in March to source and distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support service providers across the county continues to operate from Suffolk County Council’s offices in Ipswich. To date, this PPE ‘cell’ of the Suffolk Resilience Forum (SRF) has distributed over 2.3 million items of PPE across Suffolk. Over 1.9 million of these items have been distributed for use in the care sector to support some of Suffolk’s most vulnerable residents. Click here g for more information.


Shielding in Suffolk: Abi who is shielding in Suffolk has made a video for the Suffolk Resilience Forum about her experiences.  Abi and the others shielding in Suffolk like her, are why we ask you every day to Stick With It Suffolk. Keep washing your hands, keep social distancing and keep looking out for each other. Click here to watch the video.


Support for the fishing industry: An initiative providing practical support to the fishing industry across the country has launched a scheme specifically to help those in the East of England. Local authorities in Norfolk and Suffolk and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership are working in partnership with Call4Fish and have launched Call4Fish (East) to support the local fishing industry from Kings Lynn to Felixstowe. Click here for more information.



Key National Guidance updates

The existing guidance is being updated extremely regularly so please check any guidance relevant to your area to ensure that you are accessing the most up to date version. We are not including in this table all the published material but some of the key guidance that would be relevant to Suffolk County Council and our partners.




Who For



COVID Summer Food Fund


Guidance for schools and local authorities on providing vouchers to support pupils eligible for free school meals over the summer holiday period during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government


Added links to:

  • Opening businesses and venues from 4 July
  • Meeting people from outside your household from 4 July
  • £105 million to keep rough sleepers safe
  • Plans to ease guidance for those shielding


NHS test and trace statistics (England): methodology


Added new 2 new sections on testing, and new sections on ‘Number of people providing details of one or more recent close contacts’ and ‘Notes on interpreting against other statistics’.


Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


Added further information on the Covid Summer Food Fund, free meals in further education, the final ordering timescales for the national voucher scheme, ordering vouchers in multiples of £5, and an update on school food contracts to include further guidance from the Cabinet Office on Procurement Policy Note 04/20.


The R number and growth rate in the UK


The R number range for the UK is 0.7-0.9 and the growth rate range is -4% to -2% as of 25 June 2020.


Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak


We have updated the wording to reflect the changes following publication of PPN 04/20 effective from 1 July to 31 October 2020. PPN 04/20 updates and builds on provision in PPN 02/20 that expires on 30 June 2020. The changes are minor and include transition planning.


Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19

Public bodies

We have updated the wording to reflect the changes following publication of PPN 04/20 effective from 1 July to 31 October 2020. PPN 04/20 updates and builds on provision in PPN 02/20 that expires on 30 June 2020. The changes are minor and include transition planning.


Meeting people from outside your household

General public

Updated to ‘travelling to form a support bubble’ section to state that if you live in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, you must follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.


COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

General public

Updated guidance to reflect the latest social distancing measures.



Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested


Replaced the following attachments with updated registration link: ‘guidance on Randox testing’ and ‘how to use Randox test kits’.


COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Parents & carers

Updated guidance to reflect the latest social distancing measures.




Useful Websites




Who For



NHS – COVID-19 go-to page

General Public



GOV.UK – COVID-19 homepage

Main cover webpage for all government guidance for public & professionals alike



Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

Main collection of guidance for anyone in any setting

Guidance includes:
– Guidance for the public (incl. social distancing and shielding)
– Guidance for non-clinical settings (incl. cleaning, educational settings, employees, employers, businesses, residential care, supported living and home care)
– Guidance for health professionals
– Infection prevention and control (incl. PPE)
– Sampling and diagnostics


Heatwave Plan for England




Mental health support and advice from:

General public, staff and carers



Chronic disease self- care during COVID-19:

General public



European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) COVID-19 homepage




Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker


The tracker compares worldwide government responses to the coronavirus rigorously and consistently. The Oxford team collects information on common policy responses, scores the stringency of such measures, and aggregates these into a Stringency Index.


As of 18 June, UK’s stringency level is 73.15 (many restrictions). For comparison, New Zealand’s stringency level is 19.44 (few restrictions) and Cuba’s is 100 (many restrictions, including total stay at home confinement and all but essential workplace closing).



Local Resources:

Below are any local resources that would be relevant to Suffolk County Council and our partners.  




Who For



Support from the Suffolk Growth Programme Board (SGPB)


SGPB is a partnership of all Suffolk local authorities, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, University of Suffolk and New Anglia LEP. In Suffolk our Economy & business recovery work for COVID-19 is being led by SGPB and the website includes links to funding / surveys / economic impact work. Please do pass this information on to your contacts.


Suffolk Domestic Abuse 24/7 Helpline – Freephone 0800 977 5690


The freephone number is live from 9am on Friday 22nd May 2020 for anyone with concerns including professionals who may be supporting clients as well as friends and family members who are concerned for loved ones.


New Anglia: Employment Opportunities in Key Sectors in Norfolk and Suffolk  

Individuals and Businesses wanting to know what employment opportunities are available in some of our key sectors

The New Anglia LEP – alongside other partners including local authorities – have pulled together lists and links to key employment roles needed now as part of the response to the current crisis.


Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership


The website aims to help everyone understand the signs of neglect or abuse and what to do if they are worried about a child or an adult.



Businesses needing support


A one stop shop source of information for government support and guidance available to  businesses including 121 business advice sources of business grants and loans.


Healthy Suffolk: COVID-19 Emotional Wellbeing, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Information Hub


This page contains links to a wealth of resources and support for your health and wellbeing.


Suffolk County Council: Coronavirus information


Suffolk County Council coronavirus (COVID-19) information, including health advice, service changes, business support and schools guidance.


Keep Moving Suffolk


The website contains free resources, ideas, tips, useful links and positive stories to encourage people to stay active during these unprecedented times.  The website and our social channels will be constantly updated.



Global: WHO Situation Report – reports available here


Situation in Numbers WHO SitRep 157, 25 June