Coronavirus (COVID-19) – useful links

This page includes links to useful information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

The GOV.UK webpages are updated regularly.

See the latest GOV.UK updates on coronavirus

The government has launched its coronavirus action plan. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle coronavirus, and what it plans to do next.

It sets out a four phased approach in response to coronavirus:

  1. Contain
  2. Delay
  3. Mitigate
  4. Research.

The action plan is a framework that outlines the types of options open to the government in each of the four phases. The document is only a list of the types of measures the Department for Education could consider – not those they are planning to implement.

See the latest coronavirus updates on GOV.UK

See the latest guidance for education and childcare settings on coronavirus. It includes advice for early years settings, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

The latest updates from the Department for Education can be found on their Twitter or Facebook pages.

The Department for Education has set up a helpline to answer questions about coronavirus related to education.

Higher education staff, students and parents can contact the helpline in the following ways:

Their opening hours are 0800 to 1800 Monday to Friday.

The latest updates from the Department for Education can be found on their Twitter or Facebook pages.

The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a public information campaign that focuses on the importance of handwashing.

Washing hands for 20 seconds is central to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials which can be used to share simple and effective personal hygiene messages.

You will need to sign in or register for a free account to download the resources.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised British people against all non-essential travel.

Read the latest travel advice from GOV.UK.

Read GOV.UK's stay at home guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus. 

Immigration advice has been published for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.

The coronavirus immigration helpline can be contacted in the following ways:

The helpline is open between 0900 and 1700 Monday to Friday for immigration enquiries related to coronavirus only. Calls are free of charge.

The helpline can only speak to the visa holder or applicant about individual cases. If a third party wishes to speak on their behalf, they must have the visa holder’s permission.

Jisc have published a coronavirus resources, which includes guidance, webinar recordings, access to learning and research resources and community links for universities and colleges.

Universities UK have produced a briefing note to help universities and colleges to support students and staff who may be at a greater risk of domestic violence or domestic abuse due to coronavirus lockdowns. It also provides information on helplines and other support services.

Published 19 March 2020
Last updated 15 September 2020
15 September 2020
Content update to reflect changing guidance
12 May 2020
Added link to Universities UK briefing note on domestic abuse
25 March 2020
Information added on extensions to visas for foreign nationals
20 March 2020
Page updated to include information about the resources available from Jisc.

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