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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information about our services

Public health information

Support available and community groups

England is in a national lockdown

England entered a national lockdown on Tuesday 5 January. This means you must stay at home and only go out if it is essential. 

View more detailed government guidance including essential reasons to leave the home and meeting others at GOV.UK - national lockdown

This week: Live COVID-19 Public Update

We are broadcasting  our fourth live public COVID-19 update next week, including an NHS update on the local vaccination programme, the latest local information on the council's response, and answering resident questions.

The broadcast takes place on Wednesday 27 January at 7pm, live via Microsoft Teams. - Join the event when it starts

Asymptomatic testing

The government has announced the rollout of asymptomatic testing (using lateral flow tests) in the community and for businesses, to enable us to target testing to people who cannot work from home during lockdown.

We know how important this is for many of you, but we are currently waiting guidance from government on these tests.

Once we have it, we will promote it widely on our website, through our social media channels, and in the local media, so please do not contact us about this at present.

It's important to note that this type of testing is not something that can be used in isolation, but if used properly with other measures it can be a useful tool at our disposal to help break transmission.


GOV.UK data of COVID-19 cases as of 18 January 2021
Type of dataCase rates
Total number of cases in Wiltshire12,291
New cases in Wiltshire in the last 7 days1,784
Rate of cases per 100,000 in Wiltshire in the last 7 days356.8
Rate of cases per 100,000 in Wiltshire in the previous 7 days364.8
Rate of cases per 100,000 in England in the last 7 days520.4

You can find up-to-date information about the latest number of COVID-related deaths in the Wiltshire Council area at GOV.UK.


The total number of COVID-19 positive patients in hospital beds in Royal United Hospital, Great Western Hospital and Salisbury Hospital
DateCOVID-19 positive patients in hospital beds
19 January 2021416
12 January 2021329
5 January 2021183
22 December 2020114

You can find more on the hospital admissions by trust level.

Care homes

The number of Wiltshire care homes with new positive COVID-19 cases
DateNumber of care homes with new COVID-19 cases reported in last seven days
19 January 202158
12 January 202140
5 January 202130
15 December 202016
1 December 202017
17 November 202022