Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

I have been contacted by a number of constituents over the last few days regarding COVID-19 and I want to update people on the situation.

As the Prime Minister outlined yesterday, the UK has now transitioned from the contain stage to the delay stage. The current advice to avoid catching the virus remains washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, using hand sanitiser, covering your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, binning tissues immediately and avoiding contact with unwell people.

The latest advice from the NHS is that you should self-isolate for 7 days if you have a high temperature or a new, continuous cough. If your situation worsens, please call NHS 111. For additional information, please follow the two links below:

NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Luton Borough Council: https://www.luton.gov.uk/…/…/information-on-coronavirus.aspx

The government must take a science-led approach while remaining agile to the developing situation. I recognise the growing public concern as the virus spreads, the number of cases rise, and the greater emphasis on widespread adoption of greater social distancing measures in other neighbouring countries.

To tackle this crisis, the government and decision-makers must retain public confidence. I believe that the government should publish the scientific modelling which is informing their decision making to increase transparency with the public. This would embolden the country’s resolve in taking the necessary precautions.

By adhering to medical advice and making logical decisions, we can reduce the risk to our loved ones and community. As the situation develops, I will continue to provide updates.

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