Corona virus update as at 11th March 2020
12/03/2020 06:04:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
You may have heard on the news that the WHO have now assessed Covid-19 as a Pandemic. This allows Governments to activate plans and release funds. Croydon is well prepared for Pandemics and has activated its pandemic plans.
The Government is regularly updating local authorities about the evolving situation. Their websites have current information about the coronavirus, symptoms and advice for returning travellers from China and the other countries here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
You may have heard that we have had one confirmed case in Croydon. The council receives information from Public Health England on the numbers of confirmed cases in each London Borough every day.
PHE will inform the Council directly if there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 for a person working in a setting where there may have been multiple contacts, such as a school, so that the appropriate action can be taken to minimise the impact.
The latest Government update at 11th March 2020 has recorded that a total of 27,476 people have been tested, of which 27,020 were confirmed negative and 454 patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus. Six patients who tested positive have died.
In London, there has been 104 cases. There is a dashboard tracking the current situation which can be accessed here.
The patients receive specialist NHS care, and are being treated using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus. Experts at PHE continue to work hard tracing patient contacts from the UK cases.
On 3 March 2020, the Coronavirus Action Plan was published. It describes how the UK Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Strategy of 2011 has provided the foundation for contingency planning for the current epidemic.
Croydon Council and the NHS have reviewed and activated the multi-agency and the Croydon Council pandemic plan and the relevant structures to manage the local response. This includes twice-weekly meetings of the Council Coordination Group which has representation from all service areas. Croydon Council’s resilience and business continuity plans have now been activated to deal with any local related incidents, if needed.
The key messages from the public information campaign to inform people about the virus and steps we can take to protect ourselves and others can be found here.
The Council has shared the above information as follows:
- Community groups - An email letter has been sent to community groups in the borough, with the Catch It. Bin It. Kill It. poster for them to display.
- Schools - Information has been sent to local schools and the Government is also updating all schools in the country.
- Council newsletter - Information on the council’s online newsroom is referenced in the council’s weekly newsletter - Your Croydon. This is emailed to residents and stakeholders who have signed up to receive it
- Council staff - Information posted on the staff intranet and shared in internal newsletters. Handwashing posters have been placed in staff toilets, kitchen areas as well PHE campaign video currently playing on digital screens.
- Social media - We are sharing the Government’s messages about the coronavirus on the council’s Twitter feed @yourcroydon