It is right that the 4 governments of the United Kingdom are working together and jointly produced the Coronavirus Action Plan, and the Labour Party fully supports the strategy to contain, delay, research and mitigate the disease.

To date there have been 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kent and it is likely that we will see many more cases of the virus, both in the UK and globally.

The longer we delay the virus from spreading and the slower the number of new cases rises over time – the less stretched our health services will become.

We can ALL do our part to help in this respect, by following the most up to date Public Health guidance:

-Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.

-Always wash your hands when you get home or into work.

-Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

-Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.

-Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Contrary to recent reports, Parliament is expected to remain open with some limits on non-essential visits – the details of which will be decided upon in the coming days. MPs are receivng daily updates from the Health Secretary on the latest development. Alongside my Labour colleagues in the Shadow Health Team I am calling for an emergency cash injection for the NHS in the Budget to help to deal with the virus’ impact.

COVID-19 also raises really important questions over our duty of care to those working in the low-pay gig economy who find themselves without the security of employment rights, on which we in the Opposition will be continuing to hold the government to account.

📋 INFORMATION
The gov.uk website is the best source of accurate and up to date information for the public: https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-t…

The NHS has also published a set of FAQs on the virus: https://www.nhs.uk/c…/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/

I’ll continue to keep constituents updated on developments as and when they arise.