Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated 2nd April 2020 at 1922

Understandably, lots of people have been getting in touch about Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As events unfold it is important that we all continue to follow official public health guidelines and remain calm. You can find the government’s latest official guidance relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) here. This advice is provided by the Department for Health and Social Care.

The NHS has published separate advice.You can find this here.

The NHS has also produced an informative video on handwashing which you can view above. Practising good personal hygiene is one of the most effective measures we can all take to combat Coronavirus.

People have specifically got in touch about stockpiling. The UK’s major supermarkets published a joint letter encouraging people to be considerate in the way that they shop. You can read the text of their letter here. I would urge everyone to follow their advice. Retailers also have a moral responsibility to consumers not to hike up prices at this time.

Others have got in touch to report potential Coronavirus related scams. You can find some guidance on how to avoid scams from the Financial Conduct Authority here

Locally, we are liaising with the two local authorities, Westminster City Council and the City of London Corporation, on their responses to the virus, how they are supporting the most vulnerable and advising on how people can volunteer to help.

If you live in Westminster and want to volunteer to help you find more information here. The City of London Corporation are directing people to volunteer through City Hall. Details can be found here

The NHS are also looking for volunteers to support its vital work at this time. You can find more information and the link to volunteer here

Together, we can support each other and come through this difficult time.

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