COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and advice on COVID-19

Latest Government advice and guidance

The Government has announced that we are moving out of the contain phase and into delay, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the risk to the UK from moderate to high.

As per the current advice, the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.

Anyone who shows certain symptoms is being asked to self-isolate for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. For the latest guidance please visit

Statement from the Director of Public Heath at Kingston Council

Iona Lidington said: “We have now had two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kingston, one in a resident and one in an emlpoyee who works in the borough. We fully anticipate an increase in numbers over time, which is why our services have planned for, and are ready, for this situation.

“Current evidence indicates that most cases appear to be mild, with patients experiencing flu-like symptoms. Older residents or those with weakened immune systems or long-term conditions may experience more severe symptoms, which is why it is important to help protect ourselves and each other.

“Following Government guidance to take basic hygiene precautions remains the best way of significantly reducing the chances of spreading any virus: 

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds. Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you:

  • get home or into work
  • blow your nose, sneeze or cough
  • eat or handle food. 

“Good regular cleaning with normal detergent of surfaces people touch regularly or may cough onto, like door handles and lift buttons, is also sensible. People should log on onto for the latest advice and information.

"Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the confirmed cases of COVID-19. They are working closely with NHS colleagues in the area, as well as Kingston Council, to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases.

“Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”

Please regularly check the links below for the latest government advice and make sure that you follow the guidance to protect yourself and others:

Statement updated: 11.10am, 13 March 2020