Government announces move from Contain
to Delay phase


Yesterday, the Government announced that we are moving from the
Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay
phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found
here:
 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-actionplan

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for
Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain
symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they
have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at
home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from
the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:
 A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
 A new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms
worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days
contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access,
you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care
setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-
19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing
schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be
substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on
future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best
scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower
risk group.

COVID-19 travel guidance for the education
sector

The Government has issued new travel guidance for the education
sector. This advises against all overseas education trips for children
under 18. This does not apply to domestic trips, or overseas trips
which are already underway.

The full guidance can be found here:
 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-toeducational-
settings-about-covid-19/covid-19-travel-guidance-forthe-
education-sector

Hand washing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is
to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and
water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to hand
washing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone
should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public
transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
 https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU

Department for Education coronavirus
helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to
answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and
children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact
this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm
(Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and
apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we
answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our
opening hours to cover weekends.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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