Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19) - updated

Read the latest advice and information from NHS England and Public Health England about the Coronavirus
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Second lockdown begins

Updated 4 November 2020

Coronavirus cases are rising fast across England. So a new, month-long national lockdown has been agreed by Government. It starts tomorrow, Thursday, 5 November and ends on Wednesday 2 December.  

The aim is to reduce everyone's day-to-day contact with other people and, therefore, reduce the spread of the infection. 

The Government says the new restrictions will also stop the NHS from being overwhelmed and keep schools, colleges and universities open.

From Thursday 4 November:

  • You should stay at home except for education, work (if it can't be done from home), exercise and recreation, medical reasons, shopping for food and other essentials, or to care for others.
  • Households must not mix with others indoors, or in private gardens.
  • You can meet one person from outside your household in an outdoors public space. 
  • Support bubbles for people living alone and single parent households can continue.

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New guidance for people at high risk

There is new guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable on keeping safe under the lockdown.  

This now applies to 2.2 million people at higher risk from Covid-19 than the general population - including those undergoing treatment for serious medical conditions, such as certain cancers, or those with rare diseases.

  • Stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors to exercise or attend health appointments. 
  • If you cannot work from home, you should not go to work.  
  • Going outside: avoid all non-essential travel – but you should continue to travel to hospital and GP appointments unless told otherwise by your doctor.
  • You are strongly advised not to go to any shops or to pharmacies.

The government will be providing over £32 million to local councils in England to support the clinically extremely vulnerable over the next month. 

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Need help and support?

District councils across Cambridgeshire have community hubs in place to help you access, medicine, befriending services or assistance with things like dog walking. Click the link below to find your local hub contact information.

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If you think you might have coronavirus


  • A high temperature

  • A new, continuous cough
  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste

What to do if you have these symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

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Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you're not sure what to do
  • you're worried about your symptoms

Use the NHS Coronavirus service

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus (high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you'll need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

But you'll usually need to self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • You live with others who have tested positive for coronavirus, or have coronavirus symptoms. 
  • Someone in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive.
  • You're told by NHS Test and Trace that you've been in touch with a person with coronavirus.  

For more information about when to self isolate and what this means for families visit the Government website.

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How to avoid catching or spreading germs


  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, and for 20 seconds – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

  • Wear a face covering when you are on public transport, visiting hospital, out shopping, or are unable to maintain a 2 metre distance from people.


  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Getting tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Read our guidance on coronavirus testing in Cambridgeshire, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available.

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Face masks - when to wear one

To find out which settings require you to wear a face mask click the link below.

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • young children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommended face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
  • not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are traveling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
  • to eat or drink if reasonably necessary
  • in order to take medication
  • if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering

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Further information

NHS England had produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it's caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel. 

NHS common questions

Other places for information:

How services are changing because of Covid 19

Read our advice and guidance on coronavirus and find out how services are changing to meet people's needs. 

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