Published: Wednesday, 1st April 2020

Protecting yourself and others.

Latest coronavirus (COVID-19) figures

Visit the government's coronavirus cases dashboard for the latest number of confirmed cases in the UK, and Medway. 


We’re working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Medway are protected.  

The government and the NHS have updated the advice on COVID-19.

Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Read more about social distancing on GOV.UK

All residents are encouraged to follow national government advice which includes taking basic hygiene precautions, such as washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, to reduce the chances of spreading any virus.

Looking after your health and wellbeing

To help yourself stay well while you're at home:

  • stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
  • try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
  • do light exercise at home, or outside once a day

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Current evidence indicates that most cases appear to be mild, with patients experiencing flu-like symptoms. However, older residents or those with weakened immune systems or long-term conditions may experience more severe symptoms.

The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath
  • anosmia (loss of or a change in the normal sense of smell. It can also affect the sense of taste)

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after seven days

Read advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Every mind matters: how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home

Travelling: there are some countries and areas where there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

Schools and educational settings: there is guidance available to help schools and other educational settings to provide advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers.

Businesses: there is guidance available to help employers and businesses to provide advice to their staff.

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