UK Coronavirus Update 30/03/2020

CoronaVirus the Latest during Corona VirusThe Coronavirus is continuing to sweep the globe with Italy and Spain hardest hit. The last 7 days have felt much longer with many of us under lockdown. During the weekend we learnt Boris Johnson has contracted the virus along with a number of other government officials showing us the virus does not discriminate and that the virus must already be in mass circulation. 

The number of confirmed cases of Covid 19 in the UK has reached 19,522 however the real figure is thought to be between 10 and 20 times this number. The British government has ordered the building of 15 temporary hospitals to deal with the influx of patients. The building of 15 hospitals is very significant. It highlights the shortage of critical care beds within the NHS which is one of the lowest in Europe and secondly it gives us an idea of how dire the government believes this situation will get. 

One of the government’s advisers on the weekend also suggested these restrictions on our lives could last 6 months or longer. The government has also indicated restrictions could be tightened.  These restrictions are expected by the UK economy to contract by 15% dwarfing the 2.2% seen during the 2008 financial crisis. 


  • Boris Johnson diagnosed with Corona 
  • UK death toll reaches 1,228 including 2 NHS doctors 
  • Uk building 15 Nightingale hospitals to deal with wave of patients
  • Experts warned lockdown could last upto 6 months
  • Further restrictions expected within coming days/weeks 
  • UK Economy could contract by 15%

Are Locksmiths Still Working 

Emergency Locksmith Service: The majority of locksmiths across the UK are continuing to offer their emergency services when needed by the Great British public as this is currently allowed under the current government restrictions. However some locksmiths are changing the way they operate and as a result may ask more questions before attending, locksmiths may also adhere to strict social distancing advice issued by the British government. 

Locksmith Shops: The vast majority of locksmiths have closed their shops in order to help combat Covid 19 and reduce its spread. 

All locksmiths are currently taking special measures such as asking questions if the customer is self isolating, wearing protective equipment such as gloves and masks and adhering to social distancing advice. 

The majority of locksmiths who specialise in lockouts will most likely still be operating for the time being. Most locksmiths will take special measures and precautions such as increased cleaning. 

We ask all customers to inform the locksmith if you are self isolating on your initial call. This is for the safety of the locksmith and their families. 

Locksmith Services Still Available 

  • 24 Hour locksmith service
  • Lockouts and Door opening
  • Replacing Locks 
  • Mobile Key Cutting and copying
  • Door lock repairs
  • Auto Locksmith service for car keys and opening car locks

Government Advice 

 Measures You Can Take 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people, if you need to go outside

Who is at high risk?

You may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:

  • Have had an organ transplant
  • Are having certain types of cancer treatment
  • Have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
  • Have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
  • Have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections
  • Are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
  • Are pregnant and have a serious heart condition

What To Do If You Have Symptoms 

Continue to stay at home if you have either:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

ITCC Locksmiths do remain open for callouts, our technicians are taking extra precautions such as wearing gloves and masks for the protection of everyone. 

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