Coronavirus Local Info

Hilton Parish Council, in co-ordination with the Town Trust, Women’s Institute, Church and Village Hall Committee, are looking to organise assistance to any family/individual who is having to self-isolate during this period of Coronavirus.

Co-ordination could include:

  • Picking up shopping
  • Collecting prescriptions
  • Posting mail
  • A friendly telephone call
  • Advice regarding setting up Skype or other methods of online communication

Our point of contact is Nicola Webster, Clerk to the Council

Tel: 830605 Email:

Please contact if you would like assistance.

Coronavirus is contagious. Please note that the collection and delivery of items will be undertaken without charge, we will discuss with you how payment can be made for the goods as necessary.

This will be a doorstep delivery service to avoid physical contact.

We are looking for volunteers to help with this community effort, if you can help please contact Nicola.

Hilton Town Trust are also offering financial support to any Hilton individuals or families that are facing hardship as a result of this pandemic. For further information please contact Phil Wood, Clerk to the Town Trust on 830866 or

Further information is available on this website, the community website ( and the Parish Council’s Facebook page.

If you are self-isolating you could use the door sign below to alert delivery drivers and neighbours of your situation. If you are unable to print and would like one of these signs printed for you please contact Nicola Webster – or 830605

Coronavirus door sign

Information regarding local businesses that are offering services to help parishioners can be found on the community website –

The up to date information from central government can be found here:

There is also guidance on the new stay-at-home directive:


Top Tips

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has produced a poster showing some top tips for staying well whilst isolating. You can find a copy of this poster below:

TopTips for staying well

St Ives and Villages Local Shops

This website has just been set up by a kind parishioner (free of charge). It is a free website to help you get local deliveries, and support local suppliers during the coronavirus pandemic. If you know of any local suppliers or services that should be listed on this website please contact them and let them know.


Following the recent announcement from the government, the playground is now closed until further notice.

Jigsaw Exchange

Unfortunately, the Church is now closed in accordance with the Government directive so the Jigsaw Exchange is unavailable.


Following advice from the government regarding minimising contact, there will be no deliveries of Spectrum in paper format this month. An online copy can be found on the community website by clicking here

Village I-Spy

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Covid-19 Symptom Tracker

Parishioners are encouraged to use to track their symptoms, even if they are symptom free.

By using this app you’re contributing to advance vital research on COVID-19. The app will be used to study the symptoms of the virus and track how it spreads.

This research is led by Dr Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and director of TwinsUK a scientific study of 15,000 identical and non-identical twins, which has been running for nearly three decades.

The COVID Symptom Tracker was designed by doctors and scientists at King’s College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals working in partnership with ZOE Global Ltd – a health science company.

Please visit the website for further information.

Household Recycling Centres

  • Household Recycling Centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, all recycling centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be closed from today (Tuesday) until further notice. The decision to close sites has not been taken lightly but it is essential to encourage residents to stay at home and limit the spread of Coronavirus.

If you were planning to visit a recycling centre, please hold on to the items you were planning to take until they are reopened.

During this time, we ask residents to act responsibly and not place items such as DIY waste, garden waste, or recycling into their kerbside general rubbish collection. This will take up space in the collection vehicles needed for general household rubbish. Try to limit your food waste by home composting and using your freezer. If you have food waste it can be disposed of in your general waste bin or in Peterborough, people should put food waste in their food waste caddys as normal.

Stay at Home Guidance Diagram

This is a useful guide to self-isolating in the case of someone in your household being infected with the virus.


County Council Support Hub

Please find contact details for the support hubs below:

Covid-19 Co-ordination Hubs info and contacts

A COVID-19 coordination hub has been launched across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help those in our communities who are most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are working closely with partners to call upon people across the county to get in touch if they can volunteer their time to help others in a co-ordinated effort, which will offer safe support and reassurance county and city wide.

The virtual hub – staffed by a range of council workers – will manage offers of help, thereby maximising support for communities, working alongside existing voluntary and community organisation partners.

The hub will link those who volunteer, with over 70s and others who fall within the vulnerable groups listed by the Government, who have been advised to self-isolate.

People can email and will be matched with those who need help based on their skills, time and willingness.

Adrian Chapman, service director for communities and safety for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, said: “We are seeing examples across the county of residents and communities setting up support groups which are working really effectively and mobilising people who can and want to support their neighbours.

“Our hub will work alongside those groups which are already in existence to ensure that together we can reach everyone who needs our support at this incredibly difficult time.

“If you are someone who wants to offer your help, but aren’t necessarily sure how or where you can do so, please get in touch. We will match people to roles which they are comfortable with, ranging from food delivery to personal care.

“We also want to hear from voluntary groups who are doing good work in our communities who might be struggling to continue to offer support because of reduced numbers or resources. Please email us if you need our help to continue doing what you are doing.”

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough hub is in support of a request from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government to establish a national network of hubs to provide targeted support for those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

People who are already part of support groups in their community are being asked to continue to do so. Residents who want to help but are not sure where their skills can be best used, can get in touch with the hub.

There is also a video from Cllr Steve Count, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council and you can watch that video by clicking here

Changes to Cambridgeshire County Council library service from March 23rd

Following the Prime Minister’s words tonight about increasing social distancing by closing many social venues, the county council has taken swift measures to retain key functions of the library service across Cambridgeshire.

The council is doing this in a way which minimises the risk of infection to customers and staff as we face the COVID- 19 pandemic so from next week it plans to focus on an increased digital and online offer, and an appointments based system for all its libraries.

This means that from Monday 23 March, all Library buildings will close but the service is working to create an alternative offer including:

  • Appointments to use IT for those who most need it
  • A drop off / collection service for item reservations on an appointment basis – with items quarantined for 72 hours between loans

Government’s Statement on Coronavirus

Government Daily Briefing update – Thursday 7 May

The Government briefing today was led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

 Key messages:

  • 1,534,533 tests have been completed (86,583 yesterday), 206,715 have tested positive (5,614 yesterday), sadly 30,615 have died (539 since yesterday).
  • Three weeks ago before Easter Government set out 5 tests, then, just as now there were calls to ease up on the restrictions.
  • There’s been a lot of people that have gone the extra mile and helped people in their community.
  • We’ve now passed the peak, NHS hasn’t been overwhelmed
  • Death toll is sobering. There have been challenges in the UK with PPE and care homes
  • Today cabinet was updated on SAGE advice and R level (how many people, on average, will be infected for every one person who has the disease) is between 0.5 and 0.9.
  • Number of new cases and deaths steadily falling
  • Virus is not beaten yet, remains deadly and infectious
  • Because we held firm three weeks ago we are in the position to think about the next phase – this weekend the PM will set out the guidelines for how we will live and work while maintaining the social distancing rules and preventing a second peak
  • This will be a road-map for the next phase, with appropriate measures and appropriate milestones with detailed guidance to inform everyone – guided by the 5 tests and SAGE advice
  • If we see that the R level goes back up we will tighten the restrictions again.

Government Daily Briefing update – Wednesday 6 May

Today’s Government briefing was led by Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick.

Key messages –

  • Prime Minister to talk to nation on Sunday and set government’s approach to the second phase
  • The number of confirmed cases in the UK is now over 196,000
  • UK death toll is now above 30,000
  • More than 1.4 million tests have been carried out, 69,463 tests carried out yesterday
  • 201,101 people have now tested positive
  • 30,076 people have died from coronavirus in hospital, with 649 deaths since yesterday
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has played a vital role by giving £3.2billion pounds of funding to local authorities during this pandemic. As well as setting up 38 Local Resilience Forums across England which are embedded with military planners
  • More than 67 million items of PPE have been delivered in England since early April
  • More than 290,000 boxes per week are being distributed to those who are shielding
  • Councils have paid out more than £8.6billion in grants to businesses
  • Myself as Housing Secretary and the Chancellor have given an additional 5% uplift to local councils for small businesses
  • On Friday we’ll be celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE day, we need to mark this occasion at home.
  • Dr Nikki Kanani, Director of Primary Care for NHS England, paid tribute to primary care workers, GPs, dentists, the unsung heroes, community pharmacists.
  • Prof Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director for PHE, said motor vehicle movement has been slowly increasing, we must still stay at home where we can. She added there are more new cases, as we are testing more people, and the recorded deaths trend is slowly declining.

Government Daily Briefing update – Tuesday 5 May

Today’s Government briefing was led by the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Key messages:

  • 1,383,842 tests have been undertaken so far (84,803 yesterday), 194,190 have tested positive (1,046 since yesterday) and sadly 29,427 have died (693 since yesterday).
  • We continue to see evidence of a flattening of the peak
  • In the coming days, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) will update ministers on their current advice. The Government will continue to be advised by them, alongside the five key tests.
  • Later on this week the Prime Minister will update the country on measures and decisions to protect the NHS to and to protect the economy. As we consider the decisions we take next, it’s clear that the second phase will be different, there will be a new normal in how we go about our daily lives, travel, work and interact with each other.
  • While vast majority of people and countries have come together there will always be some who seek to profit from it. Cyber criminals, scams and advance persistent threat groups (hackers) who are actively targeting local government, along with pharmaceutical companies etc do exist and are trying to obtain data. A joint statement has been published today by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA)

Any issues which particularly affect staff or the way we deliver services will be picked up in tomorrow’s staff briefing.

VE Day

This Friday marks the 75th anniversary VE Day – one of most important days in recent history, marking an end to the Second World War in Europe and a return to peace. To help you celebrate and commemorate safely in the comfort of your own home, we invite you to join our full ‘virtual service’, which will be online here at 3pm this Friday, with music, memories and speeches to mark the occasion.

Government Daily Briefing update – Monday 4 May

Today’s Government briefing was led by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, supported by Professor John Newton, UK Testing Co-ordinator and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam.

Key messages:

  • Our plan continues to be to slow the spread of the virus and protect our NHS. We need to Keep ‘R’ (rate of infection) down
  • We have 3,413 spare critical care beds
  • A total of more than 1.2 million tests have now been carried out including 85,186 tests carried out yesterday, 28,734 people have sadly died from coronavirus across all settings, with a further 288 deaths announced today. Whilst this is the lowest number reported since March it could be lower than the actual number because of delays in reporting deaths over the weekend.
  • From tomorrow the UK will be in a position to carry out a ‘test, track and trace’ programme to identify and track those with symptoms. A trial will start on the Isle of Wight tomorrow. The testing capacity started last week, contact tracing will start tonight and people in the Isle of Wight will be asked to download the app. The pilot will help make sure the app works as best it can and will allow the government to take a more targeted approach to the lockdown while containing the virus
  • Social distancing rules won’t be changed until the government’s five key tests have been met.

Any issues which particularly affect staff or the way we deliver services will be picked up in Wednesday’s staff briefing.

Reopening Household Recycling Centres 

Cambridgeshire County Council is working with its partner Amey to put plans in place to re-open all nine of the county’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) from Monday 11 May 2020. The plans – jointly prepared with Public Health England – will make sure that visits to HRCs are safe for residents as well as for employees – with measures in place to ensure social distancing on site. There is more information in this news story on our website.

Government Daily Briefing update – Friday 1 May

The Government briefing today was led by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, supported by Professor John Newton, coordinator of the UK coronavirus testing programme and Professor Stephen Powis, Medical Director, NHS England

 Key messages:

  • 122,347 tests have been carried out in 24 hours up to 9am today (Friday)
  • The target of 100,000 coronavirus tests per day has been met
  • Mr Hancock said: “The testing capacity we’ve built will help every single person in this country”
  • 27,510 people have died (739 deaths since yesterday), these are UK deaths in all settings not just in hospitals
  • A new lab coming on stream in Cambridge to expand testing but ‘we have to use testing capacity to focus on care homes to tackle the crisis’. Health and care workers can get a test as a priority through the NHS, or via their employer.
  • A new app will tell people if they have been in contact with someone who has had COVID-19
  • Mr Hancock said: “Tracking and tracing will help us get the R-rate (rate of infection) down and help us lift lockdown measures”
  • Prof Stephen Powis says NHS England has “begun to get on top of this virus”. He added that 84% of adults say they have not left their homes in the past seven days except for the permitted reasons
  • Matt Hancock says now the UK is past the peak, fertility services will be restored
  • He reiterated the social distancing measures and for people to stay home, protect the NHS and to save lives. The five key tests have to be met before lockdown measures are lifted.

Updated FAQs and testing flowchart

Information about the two routes that are available to request tests are included in the updated FAQs and testing flowchart available on the main Covid-19 page on Camweb.

Hub Highlights

The second edition of the Highlights from the Hubs newsletter is out. It aims to share news and highlights from the Countywide Coordination Hub and the network of district and city hubs. Read it here.

Government Daily Briefing update – Thursday 30 April

The Government briefing today was led by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson,  supported by Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer and Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser.

  Key messages:

  •  901,905 people have been tested, 171,253 tested positive, 26,711 people have died (674 deaths since yesterday), these are UK deaths in all settings not just in hospitals
  • Our NHS has not been overwhelmed, our collective effort is shielding the NHS. We are past the peak of coronavirus cases and on the downward slope
  • We will announce plan for next steps next week, which will explain how we get our economy moving, our children back to school, how we can travel to work and make life in the workplace safer and how we can continue to suppress the disease
  • We must satisfy ‘five key tests’ before next steps. It is vital we do not now lose control and we must avoid a second peak

Dr Liz Robin’s, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, has released another video blog which has been shared on our YouTube and social media channels. She talks about the NHS still being open for business, and advises that we should still seek urgent medical attention and treatment from GPs and Emergency Departments when we need it – as not doing so can pose a long term risk to our health, both mental and physical.

Government Daily Briefing update – Wednesday 29 April

The Government briefing today was led by the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, joined by Prof Jonathan Van Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, and Prof Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England.

Key messages:

  • Huge congratulations to PM and fiance for birth of baby boy – both mum and son are doing really well
  • 818,539 tests (increase of 52,429), 165,221 tested positive (increase of 4,075).
  • We are now launching improved daily reporting systems for deaths which cover hospitals, care homes and the wider community. Total who have sadly died after testing positive for the virus are 26,097 (increase of 765 since yesterday).
  • Thanks everyone for observing the minute of silence yesterday.
  • We continue to see evidence of flattening of the peak of Coronavirus – however, we are still coming through the peak, it is a delicate and dangerous moment.
  • Five tests remain key – most critical is that we need to be confidence that any adjustments don’t lead to a second spike and overwhelm the NHS.
  • Eligibility for tests is now being expanded further for over 65s (with symptoms) and those who have to go out to work (without symptoms). Testing capacity is now over 73,000 a day.
  • We continue to work on tracking and tracing capability, which will be key in the next phase of this fight.
  • We continue to source extra PPE through international procurement.
  • £333 million towards vaccines over the next three years.

Government Daily Briefing update – Tuesday 28 April

The Government briefing today was led by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock, supported by Professor Angela McLean, the Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser and Professor John Newton the Co-ordinator of national testing.

Key messages:

  • At 11am today, International Workers Memorial Day, we all paused to remember the keyworkers who have lost their lives to coronavirus
  • Every day we are working through our plan to save lives and protect the NHS, 763,387 people have now been tested, 161,405 tested positive, 21,678 people have died* (586 deaths since yesterday) *this figure only relates to reported deaths in UK hospitals
  • There are 3,260 spare critical care beds across the NHS
  • The Office of National Statistic (ONS) has now published more information and we can report that there have been 4,343 notified deaths that occurred in care homes since Easter. From tomorrow Government will be publishing the number of deaths in care homes and the community as well as those in hospitals. This will supplement the ONS and Care Quality Commission publications
  • Access to testing will be expanded to all care home staff and residents whether they have symptoms or not. Testing will also be available to all over 65s in households with symptoms and all workers who are not able to work from home and anyone in their households with symptoms, for example, plumbers and those in manufacturing
  • We will not change our social distancing rules until our five point coronavirus testing plan is met and there is no risk of a second spike
  • During an 18 day period at the start of the lockdown more than 3,000 fines were issued to those failing to social distance.

Government Daily Briefing update – Wednesday 22 April

The Government’s daily Covid-19 briefing was delivered by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, with General Sir Nicholas Carter, head of the UK’s armed forces.

Key messages

  • 559,539 people have been tested, 133,495 of these have tested positive, sadly 18,100 have died.
  • It’s been tough going for businesses, families and vulnerable members of our society – with immense mental strain on everyone – isolation, debt, etc.
  • We can’t risk a second spike and the impact of a second lockdown on our society and economy
  • This virus has been devastating, no one is arguing against that. However, it has shone a light on our NHS, key workers and our armed forces.
  • Armed forces have been there every step of the way, helping us create Nightingale hospitals, mobile labs etc
  • As a result hospitals have been able to treat more patients.
  • Today armed forces deployed to NHS Nightingale Haringey and Bristol.
  • We used to joke in this country that you can never build a hospital so quickly. We didn’t just build one we built seven.
  • For British people the sight of the military on our streets working side by side with the NHS provides reassurance.
  • We continue to ramp up testing and have distributed over a billion of PPE items to the frontline.
  • We will only come through this if we come through it as a nation and work with partners abroad
  • We have brought over one million stranded British nationals home from abroad and have set up special chartered flights.

Government Daily Briefing update – Tuesday 21 April

The Government’s daily Covid-19 briefing was delivered by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, with Prof Jonathan Van Tam – Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and Prof John Newton – Coordinator of national testing.

Key messages :

  • We won’t lift the lockdown until there is no risk of a second peak
  • Our plan is working and we’re flattening the curve so people need to continue staying at home
  • If anyone needs critical care, they will get that bed and life-saving equipment, we now have 2,963 spare critical care beds
  • 535,342 people have been tested, 129,044 tested positive, 17,681 are in hospital which is down from yesterday, 17,337 people have died (823 deaths since yesterday).
  • We are working with 159 potential UK PPE manufacturers
  • We will throw everything at developing a vaccine and we have two leading projects here in Oxford and Imperial
  • Today we will invest £22.5m to the Imperial project, which will support phase 2 clinical trials and allow them to begin work on phase three. We are also giving £20m to the Oxford team to fund their clinical trials
  • Hancock: I can announce today, human vaccine trials will begin in Oxford this Thursday
  • Prof Van Tam: we are not out of danger yet.

Government Daily Briefing update – Wednesday 8 April

The Government briefing today was led by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.

Key messages:

  • 232,718 have now been tested, 60,734 of these have tested positive (increase of 5,492 since yesterday), 7,097 have now died (increase of 938 since yesterday). Our thoughts are with their family and friends.
  • The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is receiving excellent care. He remains in intensive care where his condition is improving. He has been sitting up in bed and engaging with NHS staff.
  • This virus is indiscriminate – nearly everyone will know someone who has been affected
  • One of our greatest strengths as a country is our charitable effort, there are 170,000 charities registered in the UK and we all need the gentleness of charities in our lives. It gives us hope, it makes us stronger and it reminds us that we depend on each other. Therefore we are pledging:
    • £750m of funding for the charitable sector
    • £300m+ of funding for small charities in villages, market towns and cities who are looking after the vulnerable
    • £360m directly to charities supporting essential services as we battle Covid-19 (Citizen’s Advice, rough sleeper charities etc)

Government Daily Briefing update – Monday 6 April 

The Government briefing today was led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Key messages:

  • Our step by step action plan is aimed at slowing the spread to protect the pressure on the NHS
  • This Government has been increasing NHS capacity by increasing beds, key staff and equipment on frontline
  • That’s why we are instructing people to stay at home
  • 51,608 tested positive, 17,911 at hospital. Sadly, 5,373 died – our thoughts are with loved ones
  • This is a powerful reminder of why we need people to follow guidance
  • Prime Minister was admitted to hospital last night as he continues to have symptoms 10 days after getting the virus. He is in good spirits and continues to lead the government.

In addition

  • Government’s single over-riding priority is to defeat the virus
  • We are working with other governments and airlines to bring people home. For those travellers who are still stuck, we are doing everything we can to bring you home
  • Last night the Queen reflected on the national spirit of unity and resolve
  • All key workers are worthy of our applause – supermarket staff, carers etc, as well as NHS

Government Daily Briefing update – Friday 3 April

The Government briefing today was led by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Key messages:

  • Slowing the spread of the virus, stay at home
  • We are boosting capacity of NHS, more beds, staff, equipment and treatment
  • Latest figures as of this morning 173,784 tested, 38,168 tested positive, and 3,605 have died
  • In the last 24 hours, two nurses and two health care assistance have died
  • Providing more critical care beds, boosted by over 2,500
  • New Nightingale hospital will be fully staffed in nine days
  • More Nightingale hospitals planned in Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow
  • Announced today that two more will be built in Bristol (1000 beds) and Harrogate (500 beds)
  • Every hospital in the country has been expanded.
  • 26 million PPE products have been delivered to 281 different organisations
  • New trials being designed
  • Set up an expert therapeutic task force to search for new medicines for trials
  • Cannot relax social distancing measures. This is not a request, it’s an instruction.

Government Daily Briefing update – Wednesday 1 April

The Government briefing today was led by Business Secretary Alok Sharma and Dr Yvonne Doyle from Public Health England.

Key messages

  • We’ve taken right steps at right time  – the step-by-step action plan is aiming to slow down the virus so fewer people need hospital treatment at the same time
  • From a total of 152,979 people tested in UK – 29,474 have tested positive,
  • Another 563 people in the UK have died of coronavirus – the  youngest was just 13 years old
  • Heartfelt thanks is paid to businesses with a promise that the Government will do it all it can to support businesses and safeguard jobs
  • From today – businesses will benefit from £22bn in the form of business rates relief and grants, Local Authorities have received more than £12m to distribute
  • Government pledges to ensure banks help people in the country
  • Public Health England is concerned by rise in motor vehicle traffic, but there continues to be a decrease in the number using public transport
  • 390m Personal Protection Equipment products have been distributed in last two weeks

Government’s top priority is to increase testing capacity

Government Daily Briefing update – Tuesday 31 March

The Government briefing today was given by Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove.

Key messages

    • 143,186 people have now been tested, of those 25,150 have tested positive
    • Yesterday was highest daily increase of deaths – 381 people died (1,789 overall now)
    • Overall 10,767 have been admitted to hospital, more in London than elsewhere
    • More NHS staff are coming back to the frontline and the rate of testing is increasing, so are the numbers of ventilators and oxygen
    • The time is not to be complacent. We should all continue following the Government’s advice to follow social distancing to help the NHS ensure it has the capacity it needs.


In addition

    • Government is working with other countries (including EU) and UK based manufacturers to increase supply of ventilators and oxygen, including Dyson, McLaren and Mercedes Benz
    • Rapid clinical trials on things like anti-malarial treatments which may be able to reduce the impact of Covid-19
    • The Chancellor’s economic package is in place and Government is working with public sector workers to ensure this happens everywhere
    • United national effort in providing food and prescription drugs – working with 750,000 volunteers who are helping at this critical time.
    • Government is working with food suppliers to ensure food is being distributed
    • Thanks to military including helicopter facilities helping with NHS transport across UK
    • Grateful to everyone in the armed forces and the public sector
    • There are signs that transmission is slowing in communities, but we should not be complacent. The next few weeks will be critical.
    • All of us can help by staying at home and saving lives

Government Daily Briefing update – 27 March

Michael Gove, Minister for the Cabinet Office

  • The rate of coronavirus infection is doubling every three to four days. There has sadly now been a total of 759 deaths. This is powerful reminder that we all need to help to slow the spread by following the strict social distancing measures which are in place.
  • We are expanding number of beds and acquiring more lifesaving equipment. We are bringing together a new alliance of businesses, universities and healthcare organisations to boost our testing capacity.
  • Thank all those in frontline of battle against Covid-19 – doctors, nurses, social workers, armed forces and those working in supermarkets.
  • As you will know the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has coronavirus. He is self-isolating at home. He has mild symptoms and continues to lead the efforts against coronavirus.

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS)

  • The number of people with coronavirus symptoms who are in hospital continues to grow. We have taken steps to reconfigure hospital services so that we have 33,000 beds to treat coronavirus patients. We are building temporary hospitals at East London, Birmingham and Manchester.
  • Thanks to everyone who participated in the Clap for Carers yesterday. The best way to show support for the NHS is by taking the action to limit infections.

Government Daily Briefing update – 26 March

Chancellor Rishi Sunak with deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries

Key messages:

  • The new scheme for the self-employed would cover 80% of average earnings over the past three years
  • Support will be capped at £2,500 per month and will initially last three months
  • The scheme is open to those with trading profits of up to £50,000 a year
  • HMRC will contact those eligible for grants
  • The scheme is only open to those who are already self-employed and have a self-assessment tax return for 2019
  • Access the scheme no later than June

More from Chancellor Rishi Sunak:

Today announced next steps in the fight against coronavirus pandemic, supporting the livelihoods of the self-employed –  95% of those who are self-employed will benefit from the new scheme.

We are working closely with businesses and trade unions put together economic plan which is starting to make a different. Big companies have said thousands of jobs already being protected

Small businesses are already benefiting from interrupted loans, we’ve had 30,000 enquiries in four days

Local authorities are already informing leisure and retail businesses about not paying business rates this year

We know people are anxious, musicians, plumbers, taxi drivers, hairdressers, childminders. To you – you have not been forgotten.

When asked when the peak is expected, Deputy Medical Director said it’s too early to say but we’re moving in the right direction, so keep following advice.

PM’s key points – March 23 2020

  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

PM’s key points – March 20 2020

· We are strengthening measures and need to push further to tackle coronavirus

· We are now telling pubs, cafes, bars, restaurants, gyms, theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and gyms to close tonight except for take-away food establishments

· Please stay at home

· Chancellor – ‘to all those at home now anxious, you will not face this alone’

· He announced a combination of measures which are unprecedented: the government will page 80% of wages for employees who are not working, up to £2,500 a month; the next quarter of VAT payments for firms will be deferred until the end of June; Business Interruption Scheme will be interest free for 12 months; there will be increased universal credit for next 12 months, increased working tax credit, next self-assessment payments will be deferred until January 2021 and finally £1 billion pounds of support for renters.

On 16 March, the Prime Minister made the following statement:

  • If you or anyone in your household has one of two key symptoms, a high temperature and/or a new and continuous cough, then you should stay at home for fourteen days.
  • That means that if possible you should not go out even to buy food or essentials, other than for exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others.
  • If necessary, you should ask for help from others for your daily necessities. And if that is not possible, then you should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies.
  • Even if you don’t have symptoms and if no one in your household has symptoms, you should stop non-essential contact with others and stop all unnecessary travel.
  • We need people to start working from home where they possibly can. You should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues.
  • We should all only use the NHS when we really need to. Please go online rather than ringing NHS 111.
  • This advice is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions.

You can read the latest guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults, published on Monday 16 March at

Information from Huntingdonshire District Council

HDC Services


HDC COVID-19 dedicated webpage:

  • Please direct people to this webpage for the latest updates on how the district council services are running, this page is being updated regularly throughout the day. The webpage can be accessed here:

Information for local businesses:

  • There is a dedicated webpage for local businesses to access information about business rate relief, access to support and other measures that have been introduced by the government. It can all be found in one place here:
  • The Council are also issuing letters imminently to every business ratepayer in the district which will contain information on how to access new guidance and support that the government has announced.

Impact on waste services:

  • Due to the coronavirus outbreak and potential increases in staff sickness levels, some recycling and waste services may be impacted. This may result in general rubbish being prioritised, other services being suspended at short notice, such as organic waste, recycling or bulky waste collections.
  • Services offered and operating hours may also change at Recycling Centres. We are working hard to minimise the impact on your recycling and waste collections and we appreciate your understanding if services do change. We are monitoring the situation closely but should the situation change we will be altering the service accordingly. Currently, all collection crews are deployed so services are running as normal.
  • Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have coronavirus, should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste. Individuals should place all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in a plastic bag or bin liner. This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied. These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection. After 72 hours outside the body, the virus is no longer viable and the double-bagged waste can be put in the general rubbish collection as normal. Only heavily contaminated waste, such as tissues that have been coughed in and disposable cleaning cloths need to be treated in this way. Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal. Please note, individuals who are self-isolating should not visit any recycling centre.

National Advice

Key worker definition:

Guidance for charitable organisations:

Other useful links