24th March 2020

The Prime Minister has effectively ‘locked down’ the country to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19.

Please obey the rules, for your sake and the sake of your family and loved ones and for the sake of the general population.

For the official government advice, click here.

You can read more from the BBC here.

For information about business rate discounts, click here.

For information specific to Essex, click here.

To keep track, of the virus spread via a zoomable map, click here and choose Essex from the list on the right. Please note that these statistics are based upon hospital cases and tests done and cannot yet reflect the full picture. Some experts suggest multiplying these figures by ten.