COVID-19 DEFRA Updates

The latest news from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

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New Coronavirus symptoms confirmed

New symptoms have been confirmed as indicative of coronavirus. These are a lack of taste and lack of smell. Individuals should self-isolate for 14 days if they present these symptoms or any of those previously established.

Protecting our mental health

Our lives have all changed dramatically over the last 2 months. In times like this, it’s natural to feel more anxious or stressed.

Government invests £35 million to protect critical freight routes

Ensuring there is enough freight capacity to prevent disruption to the flow of critical goods, such as food and medical supplies.

Advice for people in England with animals

Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on looking after the welfare of animals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Helping to tackle lockdown waste crimes in the North East

Protect your property from illegal waste activities.

Booking process for Covid-19 Tests

DHSC have now digitised the process for booking Covid-19 tests. The portal enables individuals to book a test themselves, accessible via

Alternatively, employers can refer staff using an employer portal. Accounts for this portal can be requested by emailing

Seasonal Workers update

Pick for Britain website has launched. The website is a joint public sector and industry initiative to bring together those who are looking for work on UK farms over the harvest period with recruiters who have roles to fill. The website will act as a central hub to signpost people to the jobs available and to provide information about this type of work.

Defra is asking if you can make your members and supply chains aware of the Pick for Britain and Find A Job sites, and encourage suppliers and growers to list seasonal labour opportunities here.

Please direct any enquiries about the hub to:

How business can help respond to coronavirus

Business which can provide products and services, such as medical equipment, hotel rooms, transport and logistics, and expertise, can offer their assistance to government through

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

Find out the latest statistics, risk level, what to do if you have symptoms, and what the government is doing about the virus here.

This bulletin provides information for employers and businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19). All guidance, information and announcements can be found at GOV.UK.

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