Online isolation notes launched

25 March 2020

People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can now obtain an isolation note through a new online service.

UK goes into lockdown

25 March 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told the country that, as it is vital to slow the spread of the coronavirus, everyone must stay at home unless their work is vital and cannot be done from home.

Education Secretary gives more details of closure impact

19 March 2020

When the announcement was made that schools in England are to close for an indefinite period with effect from Friday 20 March, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson also said that they would continue to accept the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Can coronavirus spread through food?

19 March 2020

Health experts say food is an unlikely source or transmission route of the coronavirus — unless an infected person coughs or sneezes over your food, or eating utensils are shared.

England schools to shut until further notice

19 March 2020

Within hours of the announcement of closures in Scotland and Wales from 20 March (see “School and nursery closures in Scotland and Wales”), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced at his daily press conference that the time had come for English schools to follow suit.

Self-isolate with a persistent cough or fever

17 March 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that the Government is moving to the “delay” or suppression phase in the fight against COVID-19, hoping to push it away from the winter season when pressures on the NHS are more acute.

Are employers ready for a pandemic?

17 March 2020

The Government has warned that “many thousands of people” — up to 80% of the population in a worst-case scenario — will contract COVID-19.