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Public Health England Update: 16th September 2020 

As of Wednesday 16 September 2020, 378,219 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK (pillar 1 and 2) and there has been 41,684 deaths. Further information on the data is available here:


  • High temperatures forecast for parts of England prompts heat-health warning
  • COVID-19 infection rises: letter to care providers from Director of Adult Social Care Delivery
  • Restrictions on household mixing in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull
  • Largest testing programme for coronavirus reinforces need for vigilance
  • UK Government invests in Covid research at St Andrews University
  • Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 app
  • Public Health England launches new Every Mind Matters campaign
  • PM press conference statement: 9 September 2020
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed – 9 September
  • All possible measures to be taken before schools and colleges close
  • Restrictions lifted in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire
  • New measures to support development of safe COVID-19 vaccines for UK
  • Study finds very low numbers of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools
  • Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on schools and childcare reopening
  • More targeted action in local areas to curb the spread of coronavirus
  • NHS Test and Trace successfully reaches over 80% of close contacts since launch
  • Data

    Updates to Surveillance Reports and Dashboard

  • The latest National COVID-19 surveillance report is now available.
  • Latest NHS test and trace stats for England are now available and are also now available at UTLA level.
  • Regional excess death reports are now published with data available by age, sex, Upper Tier Local Authority, ethnic group, level of deprivation, cause of death and place of death.
  • ONS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey pilot: England and Wales, 7 August 2020 Initial data from the COVID-19 Infection Survey. This survey is being delivered in partnership with IQVIA, Oxford University and UK Biocentre.
  • Weekly all-cause mortality surveillance: 2019 to 2020 - How the actual number and type of death registrations in England and Wales compare to predictions for each week.
  •  Information, advice and guidance

  • Leaving hospital to go to another place of care: patient leaflet Leaflet given to patients before they are discharged to another place of care.
  • COVID-19: laboratory evaluations of serological assays PHE has undertaken a number of rapid evaluations of commercial serological assays for their suitability for detecting the production of COVID-19 antibodies.
  • Coronavirus and occupational switching: January to June 2020 This article aims to look at the occupation switches across the labour market, focusing at the different demographics and the individual characteristics of the job movers, such as sex, age and qualifications.
  • COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic Guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • Assessment and procurement of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests How the government assesses offers of COVID-19 tests from developers for procurement and use in the UK.
  • Guidance for Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) facilities in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) The UK Good Laboratory Practice Monitoring Authority (UK GLPMA) recognises that there are potential challenges COVID-19 will present to members of the GLP monitoring programme.
  • Marketing and communications materials

     Meeting invitation for Local Authorities - NHS Test and Trace App and QR codes: actions ahead of launch

    DHSC and Carolyn Wilkins of NHS Test and Trace are hosting a meeting on Thursday 17 September, 1600hrs to 1700hrs, ahead of the public launch of the NHS Test and Trace App on 24 September. Your continued engagement is appreciated at what we recognise is a busy and challenging time in the fight against COVID-19. This session is an opportunity for Directors of Public Health and Local Authority communications teams to understand how you can support businesses and community venues with QR code adoption and promotion of the App ahead of public launch and to ensure you have the tools you need to activate in your communities. Ahead of the call, the app team invite you to explore these downloadable resources and watch these videos on The App and QR code posters. Please join using the Microsoft Teams link below.


    Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

    +44 20 3443 8728   United Kingdom, London (Toll)

    Conference ID: 917 678 683#

  • Launch of health and social care workers’ flu vaccination campaign
  • Public Health England, with support from NHS England and Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care, has launched the PR activity to support the Health and Social Care Workers (HSCWs) flu vaccination campaign. The flu vaccine is the best way for HSCWs to protect themselves, their family and those they care for from the flu. This year, with coronavirus in circulation, it’s more important than ever that frontline HSCWs get their flu vaccination. Expect to see Secretary of State comment, content across trade media, social media as well as communications from employers, sector stakeholders and representative bodies. Activity should continue over the coming months through targeted channels to help motivate HSCWs to get vaccinated. Campaign materials, including posters, leaflets and digital assets, are live on the Campaign Resource Centre ready to order, download, adapt or print locally. A communications toolkit is also available to support you in creating your own campaign to encourage  staff to get vaccinated.

  • Hands, Face, Space
  • Information on the Hands, Face, Space campaign is available here and campaign assets are also now available on the PHE Campaign Resource Centre:

  • Posters: Including easy print with white background
  • Social media animations
  • Social statics
  • TV advertisement: Clean and subtitled versions
  • Email signatures
  • Additional social media: Groups of six animation
  • Radio
  • PR Film cutdowns
  • Group of 6 rule – social statics 
  • Back To Higher Education – Young people focus
  • Posters

    Social statics

    Web banners

    Email signatures

    Co-branded poster

  • Health & Social Care Workers Flu Immunisations Resources
  • Communications Toolkit - Flu vaccination campaign for health and social care workers

  • New JBC action cards
  • A second tranche of Joint Biosecurity Centre Action cards are now live on the PHE Campaign Resource Centre. Cards have been released for the following settings. As ever, feedback on the cards is very welcome through the mailbox


    Setting Category Setting[1]
    Education Early Years
    Primary, secondary and special schools, and alternative provision for schools
    Residential settings in education
    Further education
    Higher education
    Commercial Workplaces Contact centres, offices and operations rooms
    Industrial workplaces Working in factories, plants, warehouses and waste management and storage sites
    Laboratory and research facilities
    Food & Drink Food delivery, food to go and mobile catering
    Food truck, kiosks, stands and open air markets
    Food contract catering
    Institutional Approved premises
    Armed forces and defence
    Detention and immigration removal centres
    Youth detention centres
    Small & Large Gatherings Business event venues
    Community activities and other hobby clubs
    Children's community activities, holiday clubs, after school clubs, tuition and other out of school provision for children
    Grassroots sports, gyms/leisure facilities
    Sports grounds and venues
    Travel Airports, seaports, stations and terminals
    Harbours and marinas
    Ships, ferries, aircrafts and other vessels
    Taxis and hire cars
    Trains, trams, tubes, buses and coaches


    New CRC assets 

  • Ashura social media posts including a number of translations (Urdu, Farsi, English and Arabic)
  • Translated ‘Youth’ and ‘Consequences’ animated social media
  • Translated ‘Symptoms’ animated social media
  • Social media animations with a disability focus
  • New Action Cards from the Joint Biosecurity Centre about Reporting an Outbreak
  • Safe travel to school social media assets as part of the Back to School campaign
  • Additional social media Stay Alert assets including safe travel advice
  • A new coronavirus convalescent plasma campaign  which asks people who’ve recovered from coronavirus to donate plasma, which could save lives. The campaign is a priority for the Department of Health and Social Care and convalescent plasma could be a vital additional treatment for hospitals around the country in the future. The toolkit includes; posters, social media resources and web banners
  •  e-Bug resources for schools

    The Department for Education have recently published “Guidance for full opening: schools”, recommending Public Health England’s free infection prevention education resource ‘e-Bug’. Use e-Bug to prepare for the full opening of Schools in September by:

  • Completing free e-learning to improve knowledge and confidence to teach children and young people about microbes and how to prevent the spread of infection
  • Displaying ‘Hand hygiene’ and ‘Cover coughs and sneezes’ posters in bathrooms, handwashing stations, classrooms and shared spaces
  • Sharing “My Back to School Bubble” e-storybook for parents/carers to read with younger children to help them understand new COVID-19 protective measures and tackle anxiety about returning to school
  • Using lesson plans/activities to teach about hand and respiratory hygiene in an engaging and age-appropriate way
  • All resources are free and can be accessed from e-Bug’s COVID-19 webpage. 

    Return to School

  • Radio: 30s radio ad with Andrea a teacher (Wave Sound)
  • Leaflets: A5 Q and A leaflet for primary and secondary school
  • Social media animations: Primary and secondary 
  • NHS Test and Trace

    Various resources for different settings featuring a new creative:

  • Posters
  • Social statics
  • TV Ad
  • Customisable posters
  • New Test and Trace translated posters
  • New Customer Logging Toolkit
  • Enjoy Summer Safely

  • Animated social media assets focused on supporting disabled people.
  • Local outbreak toolkit

    Translated versions of the ‘informative’ posters featuring messaging for working from home, limiting contact, keeping a safe distance, self-isolating when alerted and handwashing are now available from the Campaign Resource Centre (please note you will need to be logged-in to access these and only available to users with a or email address). They include the following  languages:

  • Somali
  • Slovak
  • Punjabi (Pakistan)
  • Polish
  • Urdu
  • New translations of the above posters, including Bengali and Hindi, are now available to all partners (non-localisable).  We also have additional translations for the local outbreak toolkit, in Hindi. These are customisable and available only to our professional users.

    Stay Alert to Stay Safe

    New posters and social media statics promoting the use of face coverings when visiting indoor public spaces such as libraries.

    Posters: White background easy print for face coverings and distance

    Social media animations – 1m + messaging and resources with youth focus

    Posters: Face coverings and social distance, A3 & A4 high res and low res (PDF)

    Social Media Statics: Face coverings and social distance (JPG)

    Social Media Animations: Face coverings (MP4)

    Radio: 30 radio with bus driver and delivery driver (Wave Sound)

    Social media – outdoor guidance: 3 x social static images for Twitter

    New Static Social Media assets and Posters promoting the mandatory use of face coverings in shops have been made available.

    Additional Guidance Links:

    Collections of Coronavirus COVID-19 Guidance and Information:

    Dudley PH - Knowledge Services - links to various government departments:  Guidance Bulletin - 21st October 2020

    Dudley PH - Knowledge Services - links to various academic, news sources and professional bodies:  Coronavirus Resources Page

    Data Links:

    Office for National Statistics:  Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup

    Office for National Statistics:  List of ONS Data Sources

    Office for National Statistics: Death registrations and occurrences by local authority and health board  - Provisional counts of the number of deaths registered in England and Wales, including deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19)

    GOV.UK:  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in the UK

    Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University: COVID-19 Dashboard - Worldwide

    British Red Cross:  COVID-19 Vulnerability Index  OCSI (Ward and Local Authority Geographies)