Suffolk County Council -Daily Covid-19 Briefing 14th April 2020

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 UK Situation




COVID-19 Emotional Wellbeing information Hub: A new information Hub, containing resources to support emotional wellbeing and mental health has been launched. COVID-19 is creating many pressures on individuals, employees and families. With the current and ongoing government measures urging people to stay at home, it is increasingly clear that people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing is of paramount importance. The Information Hub brings together guidance, tips and support in one place on the Healthy Suffolk website and can be accessed at: This page will be continually reviewed and updated as the situation unfolds and more information becomes available.


PPE Scam: Suffolk Trading Standards have been alerted by the care sector to calls from scammers claiming to be genuine suppliers of PPE. Staff noted follow up emails displayed a number of differences in those usually seen and that it was a scam. Any scams should be reported to Suffolk Trading Standards via 0808 223 1133.


Highways update: Councillor Andrew Reid has written about how Suffolk Highways are working to keep the county safe and accessible during this challenging time. Read the article here;


Community response group resources: Based on questions and their experiences the Community Action Suffolk volunteering team has come up with six priority areas to guide COVID-19 Community Response Group in your work, with accompanying information. For more information visit


Primary School National Offer Day: Primary School National Offer Day is going ahead as usual on Thursday 16 April 2020. Information on primary school places can be found here;


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 new published and some other key published guidance in this bulletin.



Who For



Coronavirus (COVID-19): personal protective equipment (PPE) hub

health and social care and other non-health sectors

Collection of guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE), and infection prevention and control (IPC).

We are currently experiencing sustained transmission of COVID-19 across the UK.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

health and social care

Emergency guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity.

During the outbreak, the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the safeguards provided by the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) still apply.


Children’s Commisioner: Children’s guide to coronavirus


Aimed at children:
– Answer your questions about coronavirus
– Tell you how to stay safe and protect other people
– Help you make the best of your time at home

Information correct as of 27 March 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

Main collection of guidance for anyone in any setting
– Guidance for the public
– Guidance for non-clinical settings
– Guidance for health professionals
– Infection prevention and control
– Sampling and diagnostics

Added COVID-19: Guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings


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

staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

Updated ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): school closures’ information on mental health issues, educational staff from overseas, primary school place offers for April 2020, exclusion and the governing board’s duty to reinstate excluded pupils.


Closing certain businesses and venues


Updated designation letter including additional details on which authorities are designated under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.


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



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.


COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

households with possible infection



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




Coronavirus: How to help safely




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



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




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

parents and carers on looking after children or young people



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



COVID-19 essential travel guidance




Further businesses and premises to close




COVID-19: infection prevention and control

health and care systems and providers

updated guidance from Public Health England on PPE, including:
Table 1 – Recommended PPE for healthcare workers by secondary care clinical context
Table 2 – Recommended PPE for primary, outpatient, and community care
Table 3 – Recommended PPE for ambulance, paramedics, first responders and pharmacists
Table 4 – Additional considerations for COVID-19


COVID-19: personal protective equipment use for non-aerosol generating procedures

health and care professionals

Added updated PPE video.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children’s social care services

local authorities and their partners

Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) information leaflet

UK households

This leaflet has information on what everyone must do to help stop the spread of coronavirus. There is also information on spotting the symptoms, advice for vulnerable groups, and information about government support for businesses and workers.

This information is available in different languages and alternative formats and can be ordered from campaign resource centre.

This leaflet was prepared for distribution to UK households from 3 April 2020, and was in line with the latest guidance at that point.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): transport and travel guidance

everyone using transport or working in the transport sector during the coronavirus outbreak.

Information for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the coronavirus outbreak, including:
-Using public transport
-Driving private vehicles – cars, vans, motorbikes
-Bus and lorry drivers
-Freight, bus and road transport businesses
-Transport workers
-Maritime and shipping
-Aviation and flying
-Overseas travel


COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

employees, employers and businesses

Added links to the business grant funding guidance, and the expanded retail discount guidance for local authorities.



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.
  • There is no evidence that the Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine (BCG) protects people against infection with COVID-19 virus. Two clinical trials addressing this question are underway, and WHO will evaluate the evidence when it is available. In the absence of evidence, WHO does not recommend BCG vaccination for the prevention of COVID-19.


Situation in Numbers WHO SitRep 84, 13 April (new since last 24hrs)





1 773 084 confirmed (76 498)

111 652 deaths (5702)

European Region

913 349 confirmed (33 243)

77 419 deaths (3183)

Regions of the Americas

610 742 confirmed (36 804)

23 759 deaths (2228)

Western Pacific Region

121 426 confirmed (1310)

4125 deaths (67)

Eastern Mediterranean Region

99 713 confirmed (3768)

5107 deaths (164)

South-East Asia

16 883 confirmed (842)

766 deaths (38)

African Region

10 259 confirmed (531)

464 deaths (21)