Update from Public Health England for 21 May 2020

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Please see the update below from Public Health England for 21 May. This includes a link to a new range of campaign material on “Stay Alert to Stay Safe” and a reminder that the Muslim festival of Ramadan comes to an end this weekend with Eid Al-Fitr, a day that is typically marked by communal prayers, socialising with family and friends and sharing of gifts. There is a link below to an MHCLG document on key messages and Q&A.


  • The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that, as of 9am on 21 May, there have been 3,090,566 tests, with 128,340 tests on 20 May. 2,064,329 people have been tested, of which 250,908 tested positive. As of 5pm on 20 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 36,042 have died. This new figure includes deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals. The equivalent figure under the old measure would have been 29,221.

Other data sets

  • The PHE dashboard, which can be found here on gov.uk. Our daily reporting includes deaths that have occurred in all settings where there has been a positive COVID-19 test, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.  The report also includes case rates per 100,000 resident population at lower tier local authority level. A technical summary is available here.


Information, advice and guidance

  • Staying Alert and Safe (social distancing) guidance is now live and can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing.
  • The government has published FAQs with advice on what you can and cannot do now the changes have come into effect today  which are available at the following link:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
  • A new online service will be launched on 26 May for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees, the government announced today (19 May 2020). The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme was announced at Budget as part of a package of support measures for businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • REMINDER: The Muslim festival of Ramadan comes to an end this weekend with Eid Al-Fitr, a day that is typically marked by communal prayers, socialising with family and friends and sharing of gifts. This Eid, people can go outside with those in their household or meet with only one other person who doesn’t live in that household as long as a distance of 2 metres is kept between them. This must only be two people in total meeting outside; one from each household. To protect themselves and others, people must not gather in groups with people from more than one household. MHCLG encourages those celebrating Eid to use digital technology to connect with family and friends, just as they will have been doing throughout Ramadan. This is a better way to stay safe and protect others while sharing the special day of Eid with others.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has produced a document with key messages and a Q&A to support councils and LRFs with local communications and engagement with Muslim communities.


Marketing and communications materials:

A range of new ‘stay alert to stay safe’ campaign assets are now available, including:

 Mental health awareness week

Mental health awareness week runs from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 May. If you’d like to use this as an opportunity to encourage your residents and followers to take time to look after their mental health and wellbeing, Every Mind Matters has lots of practical advice on how to do that in these uncertain times. You can access social media resources with tips from Every Mind Matters on the Campaign Resource Centre. For education settings, the PHE School Zone has lesson plans around the importance of good sleep for Year 6 and KS3 and KS4 students, which can be found here.