Suffolk County Council – COVID-19 Daily bulletin – 8th June


A teal coloured background with the words “Keep 2 Metres Apart” cutting across the image from top left to bottom right. The words are in white with a pink background on the word “keep” and a purple background on the words “metres apart”. The number 2 in the middle of the image is much larger than the other text and is in white with a pale blue background. In the top right in blue and white is a logo which says “Stick With It Suffolk”. On either side of the number 2, being kept apart are an image of two people taken from above their head looking down. Both images have been distorted with black dots to give a pop art feel. Under this is a purple banner with the Suffolk resilience forum logo on it. In light purple it says. “Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives.


Current UK Risk Level: HIGH

The risk to the UK remains high (as of 13/03/2020).

As of week commencing 11/05/2020, we’re moving into Phase two (Smarter controls) of the Government’s recovery strategy. As per PM’s 11 May message, the country is in the process of moving from Level 4 to Level 3 by the new COVID Alert System and taking the first step in relaxing lockdown measures – According to the PM’s statement “Thanks to the hard work and sacrifices of the British people in this lockdown, we have helped to bring the R level down and we are now in a position to begin moving to Level 3, in steps”.


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



Current UK Situation

  • As of 9am on 7 June, 286,194 people have tested positive. As of 5pm on 6 June, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 40,542 have died. 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:




255.9 per 100,000 resident

East Suffolk


250.2 per 100,000 resident

Mid Suffolk


177.6 per 100,000 resident



166.3 per 100,000 resident

West Suffolk


129.7 per 100,000 resident



202.9 per 100,000 resident

    • New Zealand is lifting all restrictions within the country after reporting it has no active coronavirus cases for the first time since 28 February. Only borders will remain closed.
    • New York City also begins opening up on Monday. The city was the centre of the US outbreak and many restrictions remain in place.
    • In Europe, daily deaths in Italy have dropped to 53, but infections in Russia continue to see a steep rise, with almost 9,000 new cases over the past day. Despite this, Russia continues to move ahead with its reopening. In Poland, a single coal mine has been found to be the source of hundreds of new cases.


Carers Week 2020: This week is Carers Week and Cllr Hofensperger, Cabinet Member for Adult Care has talked about carers in Suffolk are so important, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to watch the video.

Financial advice: The Covid-19 has had an impact on many peoples finances so the Money Advice Service has published lots of useful advice and links to further help on its website. Click here

Redundancy support: The East Suffolk Council Youth Employment Service, which is delivered by Inspire Suffolk, are here to support young people aged 16-25 and local employers who may have to undertake the difficult process of redundancies, whether due to COVID-19 or not. They work alongside employers and their team of employment coaches support people through the redundancy process. In a time when employers may feel powerless to support the people they are needing to make redundant, the service can at least work collaboratively to ensure that these young people receive every support available to re-enter employment. For further information call 07590983297.

Health and Social Care Worker Support Line: It is an extremely challenging time for Health and Social Care Workers so the NSFT have set up a dedicated helpline where workers can talk to someone about their worries. They can call the staff support line on 0300 123 1335 – open seven days a week 2-5pm

New Anglia LEP Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme: The New Anglia LEP’s £3m Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme to help companies through Covid-19 has already committed more than £300k to projects. The LEP are welcoming applications from businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk. For more information click here

Useful Websites (any new guidance is in RED)

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



Use of plasma donations to treat COVID-19: recommendations from SaBTO


Recommendations from the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) on the use of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19.


PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment

social care and primary care providers

Healthcare providers can order additional personal protective equipment (PPE) through the portal to top up their existing supplies for COVID-19 in an emergency.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey pilot: 5 June 2020


Main points include:
– At any given time between 17 May and 30 May 2020, we estimated that an average of 0.10% of the community population had COVID-19 (95% confidence interval: 0.05% to 0.18%); this equates to an average of 53,000 people in England (95% confidence interval: 25,000 to 99,000).
– Individuals working outside the home show higher rates of positive tests than those who work from home.
– Patient-facing healthcare workers and resident-facing social care workers show higher rates of positive tests than people not working in these roles.


Coronavirus and loneliness, Great Britain: 3 April 2020 to 3 May 2020


Analysis of loneliness in Great Britain during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey. Main points include:
– 5.0% of people in Great Britain (2.6 million people) reported that they felt lonely “often” or “always” between 3 April and 3 May 2020, about the same proportion as pre-lockdown.
– Both those feeling lonely “often or always” and in the past seven days had lower personal well-being scores including higher anxiety scores than the Great Britain average, but the effect was stronger among those feeling lonely “often or always”.


COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings

health professionals

Updated flowcharts with information on self isolation for cases identified as contacts via the test and trace system.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on accessing green spaces safely


Clarified guidance for zoos and other businesses that keep animals (not normally domesticated in England) for exhibition to the public.


How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work

public, patients, professionals and industry

Added Target Product Profiles for Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA) Antibody tests to help determine if people have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2


Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested


Added information and link to book a courier collection for used testing kits in care homes.

Replaced ‘guidance on Randox testing’ and ‘guidance on non-Randox testing’.

Removed: ‘This testing is currently only available in England. At the moment, you can only get tests if your care home looks after older people or people with dementia.’


Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do


From 15 June, you must wear a face covering on public transport.


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


The Heatwave Plan for England remains unchanged for summer 2020. Additional actions may be needed due to COVID-19 and specific resources are available below.


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






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

  • WHO RISK ASSESSMENT (Global Level) – Very High
  • WHO Covid-19 Dashboard for professionals using near real time data.
  • GOARN COVID-19 Knowledge hub – central repository of quality public health information, guidance, tools and webinars which can be accessed freely at any point.


Situation in Numbers WHO SitRep 139, 7 June