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COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Due to the infectiousness of the virus, the Government is advising all citizens from May 13 to:

  • Only go to work if you cannot work from home
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people if possible
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home  
  • Wear a face covering in crowded places including shops

For further information visit the Government FAQ.

If you suspect you have Coronavirus

You should stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
  • loss of taste or smell

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

Read NHS advice about staying at home.

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
  • If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
  • If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

For further advice go to the NHS Covid-19 Advice page.


One of the most challenging things about coronavirus is the uncertainty: not knowing who has the infection or when it’s safe to return to normal life. Good-quality testing can help provide us with greater certainty. It’s a big part of how we’re going to defeat this disease.

As part of its 5-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing, the Government is testing people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to see if they currently have the virus.

Anyone over the age of 5 can now be tested for Coronavirus.

Booking a Coronavirus Test

To book a test please go to the Self-Referral Testing Portal.

D2N2 has also published advice on financial assistance for businesses and the self-employed as well as a page of further resources.

(Note: This is a live webpage and will be updated as new information becomes available)