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:
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.
The Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus. It includes advice for childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.
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:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: [email protected]
Their opening hours are:
- 0800 to 1800 Monday to Friday
- 1000 to 1600 Saturday and Sunday.
Please note that the helpline is experiencing high volumes of calls. Your call will join a queue and will be answered as soon as possible.
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 worldwide.
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:
- Phone: 0800 678 1767
- Email: [email protected]
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.
Foreign nationals who cannot return home due to the coronavirus pandemic can now extend their visa until 31 May 2020.
This applies to anyone whose visa expired after 24 January 2020 and who cannot leave the country because of travel restrictions or self-isolation.
To request an extension email [email protected]
Individuals in this situation can also switch visa (for example, from a student visa (Tier 4) to general worker (Tier 2)) while remaining in the UK.
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 the coronavirus lockdown. It also provides information on helplines and other support services.
Last updated 12 May 2020 + show all updates
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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