Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

We can all play our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to help protect the more vulnerable members of our communities.

Simple and effective things like regularly washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds can help stop the spread and also protect you and your community.

Check out the links below for tips, advice and to keep yourself up to date:

Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

The UK Government has today launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp.

The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.

This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

The GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service is an automated ‘chatbot’ service which will allow the British public to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government.

Read more: Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

Major Pandemics Last 100 Years

The table below shows the impact of some of the major respiratory virus pandemics and epidemics in the last 100 years

Major respiratory virus outbreaks

*the proportion of people who became ill with symptoms and subsequently died
Area of emergence
Estimated case fatality ratio*
Estimated attributable excess mortality worldwide
Estimated attributable excess mortality in the UK
Age groups most affected

Spanish Flu 1918 – 1919 Severe influenza pandemic

Unclear ≥ 2% 20 – 50
200,000 Young adults, elderly and young children

Asian Flu 1957 – 1958 Moderate influenza pandemic

Southern China 0.1 – 0.2% 1 – 4 million 33,000 Children

Hong Kong Flu 1968 – 1969 Moderate influenza pandemic

Southern China 0.2 – 0.4% 1 – 4 million 80,000 All age groups

Swine Flu 2009 – 2010 Very mild influenza pandemic

Mexico <0.025% 18,000 457 Children, young adults and pregnant women

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome 2012 Continuing coronavirus pandemic threat

Middle East

30% 8610 0 Elderly (60+)

Serious Acute Respiratory Syndrome 2002 - 2003 Severe coronavirus pandemic ‘near-miss’

China 10% 7740 0 Middle aged adults (45 - 65)

Seasonal flu epidemic 1989 - 1990 Severe influenza seasonal epidemic

UK Data not available Not applicable 26,000
excess deaths in England and Wales
Elderly 75+

 The UK is well prepared for disease outbreaks, having responded to a wide range of infectious disease outbreaks in the recent past, and having undertaken significant preparedness work for an influenza pandemic for well over one decade (eg. our existing plan ‘flu plans'). Our plans have been regularly tested and updated locally and nationally to ensure they are fit for purpose.

Businesses and Premises to Close

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, staying at home and away from others, and asked that schools only remain open for those children who absolutely need to attend.


On 23 March the Government, stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives. All non-essential premises must now close. Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance on Friday 20 March. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.

Retail and public premises which we expect to remain open must:

  • Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants; and
  • Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded.
  • Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.

Parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day. Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.


Read more: Businesses and Premises to Close

Gas Emergencies

Cadent are still attending reports of potential gas emergencies as business as usual and will continue to do so throughout COVID-19.

Cadent engineers are fully equipped with personal protective equipment to protect communities and themselves against the virus and steps have been taken to reduce any risk of spreading the virus.

For more information please refer to https://cadentgas.com/coronavirus

Please let others know about this to ensure they are not ignoring a potential safety issue as a result of COVID-19.

COVID-19 scammers

MEMBERS of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) are warning people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to be vigilant against scammers who are taking advantage of Covid-19.   

As Covid-19 spreads rapidly across the world, various reports have emerged about fraudsters seizing the opportunity to defraud.

In the UK, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has reported that victims have lost over £800k to scams relating to the coronavirus since February 2020.

Read more: COVID-19 scammers