Suffolk County Council – COVID-19 Daily Bulletin – 27 March

Current UK Risk Level: HIGH

The risk to the UK has been raised to high (as of 13/03/2020).

As of 13 Mar, UK is in the ‘delay’ phase of the government’s action plan to limit the spread of the virus.

Current Situation


  • As of 9am on 26 March 2020, a total of 104,866 people have been tested, of which 93,208 were confirmed negative and 11,658 were confirmed positive. As of 5pm on 25 March 2020, 578 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.
  • In Suffolk we have 42 confirmed cases. However, with routine community testing discontinued, these figures will not describe the full extent of cases locally. You can view the latest UK Dashboard of cases and deaths here.
  • Highlighted announcements
    • You must stay at home apart from essential travel or you may be fined
    • If you live in the UK and are currently abroad you are strongly advised to return now
    • If you’re self-employed, you’ll get up to £2,500 a month in grants for at least 3 months. See Chancellor’s 26 Mar announcement here
  • The Coronavirus Act 2020 has now become law and is available on
  • Join the NHS Volunteer Responders – carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.




  • Suffolk Fire and Rescue: Firefighters to deliver food and medicines, drive ambulances, and retrieve bodies Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Many of our staff are already supporting the wider effort to help vulnerable people in local communities. This joint agreement is excellent news and will support Suffolk’s firefighters as they step forward to help colleagues in other services, as we fight the coronavirus. We are always ready to respond when needed, whether that is in continuing to respond to all 999 calls in the coming weeks, or helping in other ways. I’m extremely proud of the extraordinary efforts of our firefighters and non-operational staff at this challenging time. They are working hard so we can continue to look after our residents. You can support them by staying at home and regularly testing your smoke alarms.”


  • Joint Statement on behalf of Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council in reaction to EDF Energy’s decision to delay their Sizewell C application for a Development Consent Order.

Leader of Suffolk County Council, Cllr Matthew Hicks and Leader of East Suffolk Council, Cllr Steve Gallant said: “Both Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council absolutely agree that this is the right decision for EDF Energy to take at this moment in time. We believe there is no other choice for them to take during such a difficult time for us all as we focus on fighting the effect of Covid-19 across Suffolk.  

“Given the critical need for our communities to have the ability to fully engage with the consultation and decision making process that forms a valuable part of the Government’s formal Development Consent Order, we are relieved to hear EDF Energy has given due consideration to the timescales for making their submission and will delay for a number of weeks. We are now keen to understand what this means as we all currently expect to be living with the effects and restrictions surrounding Covid-19 for some time to come and we would not be happy to see anything done that restricts the community in taking an active part in the decision making process. We are keen to keep talking to EDF Energy about when it will be appropriate for all parties to see EDF Energy make their submission.”



Useful Websites (any new guidance is in RED)

The existing guidance is being updated extremely regularly (and in some cases daily) so please check any guidance relevant to your area to ensure that you are accessing the most up to date version. I will only be able to highlight newly published and some other key guidance in this bulletin.



Who For



Coronavirus: How to help safely


Guidance on safely providing essential support to  friends and family who are in isolation


Fraud control in emergency management: COVID-19 UK Government guide

leaders and fraud experts in government bodies and local authorities

The fraud threat posed during emergency situations is higher than at other times, and all public bodies should be attuned to the risks facing their organisations and the public sector.


COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

employees, employers and businesses

Added details about the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.


NHS – COVID-19 go-to page

General Public – this is the only site we should be promoting to the public for information



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
– for non-clinical settings
– for health professionals



Full guidance on staying at home and away from others


The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.


PHE Health Matters

Post on General FAQs that include a section to submit questions at the bottom of the page.



PHE Campaign Resource Centre

Range of comms resources that can be used



Mental health support and advice from:

General public, staff and carers



Chronic disease self- care during COVID-19:

General public



COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings

non-healthcare settings



Coronavirus (COVID-19): immigration guidance

for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus



Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government

Local councils



Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)

General public travelling and living overseas



Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response




COVID-19 essential travel guidance




COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people




COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

All adults and children who should be shielded and their family, friends, and carers



Further businesses and premises to close




COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

households with possible infection



COVID-19: hotel accommodation to support key workers and vulnerable people

hotels, hostels, B&Bs



Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on business support grant funding




Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.





Global – WHO Situation Report

  • WHO RISK ASSESSMENT (Global Level) – Very High
  • WHO Corvid-19 Dashboard for professionals using near real time data.

Situation in Numbers WHO SitRep 66, 26 Mar  (new since last 24hrs)





462 684 confirmed (49 219)

20 834 deaths (2401)

Western Pacific Region

99 058 confirmed (1292)

3540 deaths (22)

European Region

250 287 confirmed (29 771)

13 950 deaths (1964)

South-East Asia

2536 confirmed (192)

79 deaths (7)

Eastern Mediterranean Region

32 442 confirmed (2811)

2162 deaths (154)

Regions of the Americas

75 712 confirmed (14 878)

1065 deaths (252)

African Region

1937 confirmed (275)

31 deaths (2)