Coronavirus advice

This page has been designed to provide up-to-date information, guidance and advice with regards to coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Are you a business owner or self-employed? Find the right support for you by using the Government's new search tool: 

Useful links and contact numbers: 

Government support lines:
Business support: 0300 456 3565
HMRC: 0800 015 9559
Universal Credit: 0800 328 5644
School closures: 0800 046 8687
NHS: Only call 111 if you cannot get help online at

Local helplines and support for the vulnerable: 

Southend Coronavirus Action
01702 212 497

Essex Welfare Support
0300 303 9988

Rochford District Community Response Hub 
01268 779 999

Health guidance:

Government guidance: 

Business support:

Local information:
Southend Hospital:
Essex County Council:
Southend Borough Council:
Rochford District Council:

The number of cases in the UK and the current risk level:

Latest government advice and information: