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Latest coronavirus news and updates


See the latest news and information about coronavirus from ourselves and the government.

New local restrictions were introduced across the North East from Friday 18 September to help address the significant rise in Coronavirus in our region over the recent weeks. See our Local restrictions for County Durham page to find out what you can and cannot do.

Latest news

Apply for a test and trace support payment

Source: DCC, published September 24, 2020 

The government has announced that they are introducing test and trace support payments to help those who are struggling to self-isolate due to their financial position. The scheme starts on 28 September 2020, alongside the duty to self isolate. If you think you are eligible, you can email us and we will contact you as soon as you can apply.


County Durham leisure centres remain open

Source: DCC press release, published September 23, 2020 1.00pm

Residents in County Durham are being reminded they can still visit the county's leisure centres and take part in fitness classes.


The Prime Minister updates the nation on Coronavirus

Source: government, published September 22, 2020 8.00pm

Watch the Prime Minister's briefing to the nation.

YouTube: Prime Minister's update to the nation (22 September 2020)


PM Boris Johnson makes a statement in the House of Commons

Source: government, published September 22, 2020

The Prime Minister gives a statement on the response to the rising number of Coronavirus cases and what actions will be taken. 

YouTube: PM Boris Johnson makes a statement in the House of Commons (22 September 2020)


Coronavirus data briefing

Source: government, published September 21, 2020

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer (England) and Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Advisor give an update on the latest information from the NHS on Coronavirus.

YouTube: Coronavirus data briefing (21 September 2020)


LA7 statement - 21/09/2020

Source: DCC, published September 21, 2020 5.17pm

As soon as new COVID control measures were introduced across the North East we began lobbying Government to include an exemption to household mixing regulations to allow families to continue their informal childcare arrangements.


North East calls for local restrictions change on childcare

Source: DCC, published September 18, 2020 3.56pm

Leaders across the North East have written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock calling on him to amend new local Covid-19 restriction measures to allow families to continue their usual childcare arrangements.


Press releases

For all of our press releases relating to the coronavirus outbreak, see Coronavirus news.

Changes to services

For all the latest changes to our information and support services, see our changes to services page.

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