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 at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You can only leave your home:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

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

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 assist schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers.

Businesses: there is guidance available to assist employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff.

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