UPDATED October 13th - New three-tiered system of Covid-19 alert levels introduced in England

From October 13th, a three-tiered sytem of Covid-19 local alert levels was introduced across England.

Most of the North East is on high alert level, which is the second highest of the new system. For more information and to find out which alert level applies in your area, go to gov.uk.

People are also urged only to get a Covid-19 test if they are symptomatic, to stay at home if required to self-isolate, and to think: hands, face, space. NHS chiefs in the region welcomed the initial additional measures that were previously taken in the region and in a press release published on September 17th added:

"Adults and children should only get tested for coronavirus if they have any of the following three specific symptoms. This will help ensure tests are available for those who need them:

  • a high temperature – you do not necessarily need to measure your temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

"Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. Children can get coronavirus but they seem to get it less often than adults and it’s usually less serious. If you or your child has had a coronavirus test, you MUST stay at home until you get your result. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble MUST also stay at home until you get the result.

To access a coronavirus test you MUST use the national NHS Test and Trace system by going online to nhs.uk or calling 119. Please do not call NHS 111, your GP practice or attend hospital to try and access a test." 

Check the website for your Local Authority for more detailed guidance in your area and keep an eye out for government updates at gov.uk/government/collections/local-restrictions.