Mayor Jamie Driscoll has urged the public to follow government advice and keep each other safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “Coronavirus is serious; it’s a global pandemic and things are changing day by day. Keep an eye on the official advice. Wash your hands, stop shaking hands, follow the advice on self-isolating. Look after yourselves, look after each other.”

Advice from the NHS is as follows

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms.

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either: a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

Tips for staying at home

Do try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly older people or those with long-term health conditions.

Ask friends and family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines – but avoid contact with them.

Sleep alone if possible.

Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

Try to stay away from older people and those with long-term health conditions.

Drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, to help with your symptoms.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

The North of Tyne Combined Authority continues to align with national government guidance regarding Coronavirus and work with our partner organisations to ensure a multi-agency approach to this issue as it evolves. For the latest information and advice about Coronavirus please visit the Government’s website.