Latest information and advice

(Last updated Wednesday 1 April at 5.30pm)

The national Government instruction is:


  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times

  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.


Click here for full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Click here for health advice, including if you have symptoms

Click here for further Government instructions and advice, including details of the closure of all non-essential retailers and non-essential premises

The Government updates this information daily.


The Government has also provided some advice in other languages and easy read formats:

Click here for guidance on staying at home in other languages and easy read formats

Click here for guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people in other languages


The Deaf Health Charity, Sign Health are also sharing a range of Government information in British Sign Language through videos on their website:

Click here for the Sign Health Coronavirus website


Number of cases

As of 9am on 1 April, 152,979 people had been tested, of which 29,474 were confirmed positive.

As of 5pm on 31 March, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 2,352 had died.

The figures for test results and for deaths are compiled from different sources. This is why the figures for deaths are reported from an earlier point in time than the figures for test results.


Basic protective measures

Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To help protect yourself and others:

  • Frequent handwashing with soap and water, or regular use of a sanitiser gel, are the most effective means to prevent infection.
  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and kill the germs, before washing your hands.

This is the best way to slow the spread of most germs – including Coronavirus.