In the last seven days, there were 306 new cases of coronavirus in Portsmouth.

This includes cases in hospitals and the community, as well as routine testing of both staff and students at the university, and service personnel at the naval base.

We’re testing more people than ever before, but this does not take away from the seriousness of more cases in the city.

You can spread the virus even if you have no symptoms. The more cases are confirmed, the higher the risk of the virus spreading. In turn this means more people could become seriously ill and, in some cases, lose their lives. That’s the harsh reality.

The council is doing all we can to tackle outbreaks, taking enforcement action where needed. But you can all help slow the spread of the virus too:

  • Keep the number of people outside your household or support bubble you meet to a minimum, and observe the rule of six
  • Keep 2m away from people outside your household
  • Wash your hands regularly, especially when you return home
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces
  • Book a test if you show symptoms

What you can and can’t do in Portsmouth

Report a business operating unsafely

Test and trace support payments

Making sure everyone who has coronavirus symptoms or has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace self-isolates is vital to help stop the spread of infection. If you don’t stay at home when asked to you could also face a fine. If you’ll lose income and face financial hardship as a result of self-isolating you can apply for a £500 test and trace support payment. The payments are available if you:

  1. have been told to stay at home by NHS Test and Trace
  2. are in work but facing a loss of income as you can’t work from home
  3. are currently receiving benefits payments

If you meet all of the eligibility criteria, you can apply online at portsmouth.gov.uk/testandtracepayments

Those who are not online can call 023 9261 6708 for help with their application.

Have a safe Halloween

This Halloween we need to do things a bit differently. Stay safe and help protect Portsmouth by avoiding trick or treating. Coronavirus can be passed on through contact with shared surfaces, such as sweet packets or doorbells, and it’s difficult to keep your distance from others at the front door. If you’re worried people might knock on your door, why not put up a friendly sign to let others know you’re enjoying a socially-distanced Halloween. Although parties and trick or treating are off the cards this year, there are lots of other ways to have a safe but spooky Halloween at home!

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