Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Read the latest advice and information from NHS England and Public Health England about the Coronavirus
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Correct as of 13 October 2020

What you can and can't do

Coronavirus cases are rising in most areas across England. So the Government has brought in local COVID alert levels setting out how to manage outbreaks.

Currently, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are in the medium local COVID alert level. And national restrictions continue to be in place.

This means you should:

  • Strictly observe social distancing
  • Meet others outside where possible
  • Limit unnecessary journeys on public transport and work from home where possible
  • Children should still attend school.
  • Only meet in groups of up to six people

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Advice for people at high risk

There is new guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19.

The advice is based on the local Covid alert level in our area, which is currently medium.

This means people who have previously shielded should take extra precautions by strictly maintaining social distancing, meeting outside if possible, and keeping the number of different people they meet low.

Formal shielding will be reintroduced only in the very worst affected local areas and for a limited time.

The Government will write to you if you are advised to shield

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If you think you might have coronavirus


  • A high temperature

  • A new, continuous cough
  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste

What to do if you have these symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

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Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you're not sure what to do
  • you're worried about your symptoms

Use the NHS Coronavirus service

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus (high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you'll need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

But you'll usually need to self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • You live with others who have tested positive for coronavirus, or have coronavirus symptoms. 
  • Someone in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive.
  • You're told by NHS Test and Trace that you've been in touch with a person with coronavirus.  

For more information about when to self isolate and what this means for families visit the Government website.

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How to avoid catching or spreading germs


  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, and for 20 seconds – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

  • Wear a face covering when you are on public transport, visiting hospital, out shopping, or are unable to maintain a 2 metre distance from people.


  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

How to wash your hands properly

Getting tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Read our guidance on coronavirus testing in Peterborough, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available.

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Face masks - when to wear one

To find out which settings require you to wear a face mask click the link below.

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • young children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommended face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
  • not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are traveling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
  • to eat or drink if reasonably necessary
  • in order to take medication
  • if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering

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Further information

NHS England had produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it's caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel. 

NHS common questions

Other places for information:

How services are changing because of Covid-19

Read our advice and guidance on coronavirus and find out how services are changing to meet people's needs. 

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