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Posted 2nd June 2020


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Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.
Change made
The YouTube video about the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has been updated.
Time updated
8:52am, 29 May 2020


COVID-19: advice for smokers and vapers
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Advice for people who smoke or vape during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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First published.
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9:00am, 29 May 2020


Deaths Registered in Northern Ireland – Week ending 22 May 2020
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Deaths Registered in Northern Ireland – Weekly Statistics – Week ending 22 May 2020
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First published.
Time updated
9:30am, 29 May 2020


Apprenticeships and traineeships: May 2020
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Apprenticeship service data as at April 2020, and apprenticeship starts to March 2020, with separate April 2020 starts covering the coronavirus outbreak.
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9:30am, 29 May 2020


Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 29 May 2020
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Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 21 May to 24 May 2020 to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain.
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First published.
Time updated
9:30am, 29 May 2020


Apply for the coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund
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The Discretionary Grant Fund supports small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other grant schemes.
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First published.
Time updated
9:36am, 29 May 2020


Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Find out what financial support you can get for your business.
Change made
Added details of the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.
Time updated
10:20am, 29 May 2020


Spain travel during coronavirus: commercial flights between Spain and the UK
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Summary of flights to the UK from Spain and Gibraltar currently available due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Summary of flights to the UK from Spain and Gibraltar currently available due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Time updated
10:54am, 29 May 2020


Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
Change made
Vehicles – We have updated section 2.2 of the HTML guidance to include details on test and trace. The PDF will be updated as soon as possible.
Time updated
11:19am, 29 May 2020


COVID-19 funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence support services
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These prospectuses provide charities with information about two different Ministry of Justice (MOJ) funds and how the assessment processes will work for each one during the coronavirus pandemic.
Change made
Guidance updated.
Time updated
11:26am, 29 May 2020


Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
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Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak.
Change made
Link added to NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus.
Time updated
11:46am, 29 May 2020


How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work
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The different types of tests and testing kits for COVID-19, and the specifications for manufacturers.
Change made
In the ‘For industry and manufacturers’ section: added new content on performance evaluation process for test kits, re-worded the description of the TTP and re-worded the list of information to send for a device exemption application.
Time updated
11:46am, 29 May 2020


Exemptions from Devices regulations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
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How to get fast-track approval of medical devices during COVID-19.
Change made
Updated the list of information we require for an exemption application
Time updated
11:46am, 29 May 2020


Staying alert and safe (social distancing)
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The most important thing we can do is to stay alert, control the virus, and in doing so, save lives.
Change made
Addition of link to NHS Testing and Tracing.
Time updated
11:47am, 29 May 2020


Staying safe outside your home
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The principles you should follow to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible.
Change made
Link added to NHS Test and Trace for coronavirus.
Time updated
11:52am, 29 May 2020


Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the drivers’ hours rules: all sectors carriage of goods by road
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Temporary relaxation of the EU and GB drivers’ hours rules for drivers carrying goods by road.
Change made
Update on the temporary relaxations of EU and GB drivers’ hours rules.
Time updated
12:00pm, 29 May 2020


£5 million funding given to mental health community projects
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Community projects supporting people with their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will benefit from their share of £5 million of additional funding.
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12:00pm, 29 May 2020


No parent should worry about a child getting an avoidable disease
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The following opinion piece was written by Melanie Robinson, UK Ambassador to Zimbabwe and published in the local private-owned Sunday newspaper – The Standard.
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11:00am, 24 May 2020


Financial support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)
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The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including £200 million for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, along with an additional £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts.
Change made
funding updates
Time updated
12:12pm, 29 May 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Scotland
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Use this page to navigate the guidance on the virus for people in Scotland.
Change made
Added guidance on getting tested in Scotland
Time updated
12:16pm, 29 May 2020


Exporting personal protective equipment during coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Find out about the changes if you are exporting personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Added translation
Time updated
12:36pm, 29 May 2020


Coronavirus Act report: May 2020
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The first two-monthly report on which powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 are currently active.
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First published.
Time updated
12:47pm, 29 May 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity
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Guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity.
Change made
Updates have been made to the main guidance attachment, in particular to the ‘Emergency public health powers’ section. The format of the attachment has also been changed to ensure it’s accessible. 3 new attachments have been added to the page: additional guidance, annex A and an easy read.
Time updated
12:56pm, 29 May 2020


Statements regarding COVID-19 tests evaluated by PHE
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Public Health England (PHE) has undertaken rapid evaluations of selected commercial diagnostic kits and serological assays.
Change made
Added conflict of interest statement.
Time updated
12:59pm, 29 May 2020


COVID-19: laboratory evaluations of serological assays
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PHE has undertaken a number of rapid evaluations of commercial serological assays for their suitability for detecting the production of COVID-19 antibodies.
Change made
Added Evaluation of the Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Vitros Immunodiagnostic document.
Time updated
1:01pm, 29 May 2020


COVID Support Force: the MOD’s contribution to the coronavirus response
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On 18 March the Defence Secretary announced new measures to enable armed forces personnel to support public services in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Change made
Added the link to the COVID-19 arrange a test page under the ‘related information’ heading.
Time updated
1:01pm, 29 May 2020


COVID-19: guidance for sampling and for diagnostic laboratories
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Information for clinical diagnostic laboratories regarding safety, sampling and packaging specimens associated with COVID-19.
Change made
Updated ‘COVID-19: sampling and packaging poster’.
Time updated
1:30pm, 29 May 2020


Improving light rail services and cycle facilities at railway stations funding: regional allocations
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Allocations of funding to United Kingdom regions for improving cycle facilities at railway stations and light rail services.
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First published.
Time updated
1:47pm, 29 May 2020


Emergency active travel fund: local transport authority allocations
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Funding allocations for emergency active travel schemes for local authorities in the region of the United Kingdom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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First published.
Time updated
1:47pm, 29 May 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students
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Guidance for Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students on temporary concessions in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.
Change made
Added information on the extension of concessions from 31 May 2020 to 31 July 2020, updated list of NHS professions in which Tier 4 students can work full-time, as well as other extensions and concessions.
Time updated
2:27pm, 29 May 2020


Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak
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Guidance for further education (FE) providers on maintaining education and skills training, changes to funding arrangements, data collections and assessment.
Change made
Updated guidance to provide further information to plan for wider opening, including clarification on the total proportion of learners from eligible cohorts that should be in education settings at any one time.
Time updated
2:35pm, 29 May 2020


COVID-19: background information
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Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features.
Change made
Updated global case numbers.
Time updated
2:43pm, 29 May 2020


Action taken to halt sales of fingerprick coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody testing kits
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Anyone supplying these types of tests should temporarily stop this service.
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First published.
Time updated
3:38pm, 29 May 2020


UK Statement to the WTO General Council
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The UK’s Ambassador to the WTO and UN in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, delivered this statement to the WTO General Council on 29 May 2020.
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First published.
Time updated
3:52pm, 29 May 2020


Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to your employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
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How to use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
Change made
Welsh translation added to the page.
Time updated
3:59pm, 29 May 2020


SPI-B: Antibody tests: realise benefits and minimize harms – note, 1 April 2020
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Paper prepared by Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
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First published.
Time updated
4:03pm, 29 May 2020


SPI-B: The use of facemasks in a community setting, 20 April 2020
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Return by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) on the use of facemasks in a community setting.
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First published.
Time updated
4:06pm, 29 May 2020


SPI-B: How behaviour may change following testing – initial response, 22 April 2020
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Paper prepared by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) on how behaviour might change after testing.
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First published.
Time updated
4:08pm, 29 May 2020


Policing, protest and changes to COVID-19 control measures in the UK, 4 May 2020
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Paper by the Security and Policing sub-group of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) / Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B).
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First published.
Time updated
4:09pm, 29 May 2020


SPI-B: Approach to suppress and control route – initial view, 22 April 2020
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Paper prepared by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
Change made
First published.
Time updated
4:13pm, 29 May 2020


SPI-B: Symptom-based contact tracing in comparison to test-based approaches – note, 29 April 2020
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Briefing note prepared by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
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First published.
Time updated
4:16pm, 29 May 2020


Policing the coronavirus outbreak: processes and prospects for collective disorder, 19 April 2020
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A briefing note for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) outlining the factors related to collective disorder.
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First published.
Time updated
4:20pm, 29 May 2020


SPI-B: Key behavioural issues relevant to test, trace, track and isolate – summary, 6 May 2020
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Summary paper prepared by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) on the behavioural issues related to test, trace, track and isolate.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
4:26pm, 29 May 2020


COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol
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COVID-19 guidance for commissioners and service providers for those dependent on drugs or alcohol
Change made
Added link to ‘COVID-19: information on stopping drinking for people dependent on alcohol’.
Time updated
4:28pm, 29 May 2020


EMG: Summary of disinfection technologies for microbial control, 18 May 2020
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Paper prepared by the Environmental and Modelling group (EMG) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
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First published.
Time updated
4:29pm, 29 May 2020


Check if you can get Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare during coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Find out about temporary changes that may affect you if you’re applying for, or already getting, Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare.
Change made
Section about ‘if you have missed the 31 March deadline’ has been updated.
Time updated
4:33pm, 29 May 2020


How an exit strategy might affect crime and policing – working paper, 21 April 2020
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Working paper by the Security and Policing sub-group of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) / Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) in response to a Home Office commission.
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First published.
Time updated
4:36pm, 29 May 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses
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The latest information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read this page for regular updates.
Change made
Update to Latest News with farm visits and inspections starting week commencing 1 June.
Time updated
4:38pm, 29 May 2020


EMG: Transmission and Control of SARS-CoV-2 on Public Transport, 18 May 2020
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Paper prepared by the Environmental and Modelling group (EMG) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
Change made
First published.
Time updated
4:39pm, 29 May 2020


Disapplication notice: school attendance legislation changes
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Secretary of State for Education issues a second notice to disapply offences for non-attendance in schools during the coronavirus outbreak.
Change made
Added a second notice covering June 2020.
Time updated
4:44pm, 29 May 2020


Modification notice: school registration legislation changes
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Secretary of State for Education issues a second notice to modify pupil registration requirements when providing education on a temporary basis during the coronavirus outbreak.
Change made
Added a second notice for June 2020.
Time updated
4:44pm, 29 May 2020


Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes
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Secretary of State for Education issues a second notice about changes to state-funded school inspections requirements during the coronavirus outbreak.
Change made
Added a second notice for June 2020.
Time updated
4:44pm, 29 May 2020


Modification notice: education health and care plans legislation changes
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Secretary of State for Education issues a second notice to modify the duty relating to education, health and care (EHC) plans during the coronavirus outbreak.
Change made
Added a second notice for June 2020.
Time updated
4:44pm, 29 May 2020


Neighbourhood-level release and COVID-19
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Review prepared by the Security sub-group for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) on neighbourhood level release.
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First published.
Time updated
4:45pm, 29 May 2020


Courts and tribunals tracker list during coronavirus outbreak
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This page holds a tracker list of open, staffed and suspended courts during the coronavirus outbreak. It will be regularly updated.
Change made
Tracker list updated.
Time updated
4:49pm, 29 May 2020


SPI-M-O: Consensus statement on COVID-19, 27 April 2020
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Consensus statement from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
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First published.
Time updated
4:50pm, 29 May 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents
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This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.
Change made
Updated section on applying for a British passport from overseas.
Time updated
4:51pm, 29 May 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested
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Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
Change made
Added that children under 5 years old in Wales who have symptoms of coronavirus and live with an essential worker can now be tested.
Time updated
4:54pm, 29 May 2020


SPI-M: Consensus statement on COVID-19, 20 April 2020
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Consensus statement from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
Change made
First published.
Time updated
4:55pm, 29 May 2020


SPI-M-O: Consensus view on the potential relaxing of social distancing measures, 4 May 2020
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Consensus statement from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
Change made
First published.
Time updated
4:59pm, 29 May 2020


Precautionary SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 22 January 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s first meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:06pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 28 January 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s second meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:08pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 3 February 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s third meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:09pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 4 February 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s fourth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:11pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 6 February 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s fifth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:12pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 11 February 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s sixth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:13pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 13 February 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s seventh meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:15pm, 29 May 2020


Slides and datasets to accompany coronavirus press conference: 29 May 2020
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Press conference slides and datasets used by Professor Stephen Powis.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:15pm, 29 May 2020


Chancellor extends Self-Employment Support Scheme and confirms furlough next steps
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The government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended, giving more security to individuals whose livelihoods are adversely affected by coronavirus in the coming months, the Chancellor announced today (Friday 29 May 2020).
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:16pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 18 February 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s eighth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:16pm, 29 May 2020


Answers to the most common topics asked about by the public for the coronavirus press conference
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Read answers to the questions that best capture most common topics people asked about.
Change made
In light of the changes to the rules beginning 1 June 2020, we’ve removed the questions about parks and gardens, a question about large gatherings, and shop reopening.
Time updated
5:17pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 20 February 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s ninth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:18pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 25 February 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s tenth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:20pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 27 February 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s eleventh meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:21pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 3 March 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s twelfth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:22pm, 29 May 2020


New flight from Jamaica to bring home British travellers
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Around 310 more British travellers will be able to return home from Jamaica on a second charter flight organised by the Government.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:22pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19), 5 March 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s thirteenth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:24pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 10 March 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s fourteenth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:25pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 13 March 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s fifth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:27pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 16 March 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s sixteenth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:28pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 18 March 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s seventeenth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:30pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 23 March 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s eighteenth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:31pm, 29 May 2020


Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences
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Slides, datasets and transcripts from press conferences at 10 Downing Street in response to coronavirus.
Change made
Updated with ‘Chancellor’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 29 May 2020’.
Time updated
5:32pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 26 March 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s nineteenth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:33pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 29 March 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s twentieth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:35pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 31 March 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s twenty-first meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:37pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 2 April 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s twenty-second meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:38pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 7 April 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s twenty-third meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:40pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 9 April 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s twenty-fourth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:41pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 14 April 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s twenty-fifth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:43pm, 29 May 2020


Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Page summary
If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.
Change made
The scheme has now been extended. A second and final grant will be available when the scheme opens again in August 2020. If you’re eligible and want to claim the first grant you must make your claim on or before 13 July 2020.
Time updated
5:44pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 16 April 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s twenty-sixth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:44pm, 29 May 2020


HMCTS weekly operational summary on courts and tribunals during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
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This page provides a weekly summary of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service operational position during the coronavirus pandemic. We will aim to update this every Friday at 5pm.
Change made
Update for w/c 1 June 2020 published.
Time updated
5:45pm, 29 May 2020


Claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
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If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) use this scheme if you’re eligible to claim the grant.
Change made
The scheme has now been extended. A second and final grant will be available when the scheme opens again in August 2020. If you’re eligible and want to claim the first grant you must make your claim on or before 13 July 2020.
Time updated
5:45pm, 29 May 2020


Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
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Find out if you’re eligible, and how much your employer can claim if they put you on temporary leave (‘furlough’) because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Change made
Page updated with information about how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing.
Time updated
5:46pm, 29 May 2020


Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Page summary
Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (‘furlough’) due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Change made
Page updated with information about how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing.
Time updated
5:46pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 21 April 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s twenty-seventh meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:46pm, 29 May 2020


Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Page summary
Find out which employees you can put on furlough and claim for through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Change made
Page updated with information about how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing, what pension trustees may do whilst on furlough and the eligibility of TUPE.
Time updated
5:46pm, 29 May 2020


Work out 80% of your employees' wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
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Find out how to calculate 80% of your employee’s wages, National Insurance contributions (NICs) and pension contributions if you’ve furloughed staff due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Change made
Information added about how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing.
Time updated
5:46pm, 29 May 2020


Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
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Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Change made
Page updated with information about how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing.
Time updated
5:46pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 23 April 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s twenty-eighth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:48pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 28 April 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s twenty-ninth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:49pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 30 April 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s thirtieth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:51pm, 29 May 2020


Draft legislation: Taxation of coronavirus (COVID-19) support payments
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We welcome views on draft legislation to introduce rules on the taxation of coronavirus (COVID-19) business support grants.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:51pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 1 May 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s thirty-first meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:52pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 1 May 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s thirty-second meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:54pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 5 May 2020
Page summary
Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s thirty-third meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:56pm, 29 May 2020


SAGE minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 7 May 2020
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Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s thirty-fourth meeting.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
5:59pm, 29 May 2020


SPI-M-O: Consensus view: 13 April review of social distancing measures, 1 April 2020
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Consensus view from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
Change made
First published.
Time updated
6:05pm, 29 May 2020


SPI-M-O: Consensus statement on public gatherings, 11 March 2020
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Consensus statement from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
Change made
First published.
Time updated
6:07pm, 29 May 2020


Reopening High Streets Safely Fund guidance
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Guidance to help local authorities and partners to deliver activities supported through the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.
Change made
The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund guidance has been updated to version 2 on 29 May 2020 to include Annex B. Annex B provides details of the outputs relating to the Fund.
Time updated
6:09pm, 29 May 2020


The R number in the UK
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The reproduction number (R) is the average number of secondary infections produced by 1 infected person.
Change made
The R number range for the UK is 0.7-0.9 as of 29 May 2020.
Time updated
6:23pm, 29 May 2020


COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable
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Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.
Change made
Updated guidance.
Time updated
7:08pm, 29 May 2020


Government publishes SAGE minutes
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The Government Office for Science has today (Friday 29 May) published the minutes from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) meetings 1 to 34, up until the beginning of May.
Change made
First published.
Time updated
7:36pm, 29 May 2020


Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus
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Guidance on temporary changes to special educational needs and disability legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made
Updated guidance with additional or amended material, including as to: cases in progress on 1 May 2020; annual reviews for those with EHC plans changing phase of education; actions following a tribunal ruling; and unchanged duties in relation to social care provision in plans. Also improvement to the format of the tables in Annex A and a minor change to footnote 1.
Time updated
7:59pm, 29 May 2020


School attendance: guidance for schools
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Guidance on using pupil registers and attendance codes, as well as setting school hours and term dates.
Change made
Updated guidance to 30 June 2020.
Time updated
8:00pm, 29 May 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response
Page summary
The national and global response to the spread of COVID-19 continues to develop quickly and our collective knowledge of the virus is growing by the second.
Change made
We have updated the list of evidence with SAGE meeting minutes and a further 16 supporting papers.
Time updated
8:30pm, 29 May 2020


Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK
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The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.
Change made
Updated figures.
Time updated
8:40pm, 29 May 2020


Coronavirus: theory tests
Page summary
Theory tests are currently suspended due to coronavirus, but you can apply for an emergency theory test if you’re a critical worker.
Change made
Removed the date of 31 May 2020, as theory tests are still suspended beyond that date.
Time updated
9:13pm, 29 May 2020


 

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