18th May 2020
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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 https://self-referral.test-
Alternatively, employers can refer staff using an employer portal. Accounts for this portal can be requested by emailing email@example.com.
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.
Please direct any enquiries about the hub to: accesstolabourfoodchain@defra.
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 gov.uk.
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.
Please continue to send your sector insight to agrifoodchainengagement@defra.