CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has launched a dedicated helpline for those most in need when self-isolating.

The emergency response will support vulnerable groups at higher risk of serious complications as a result of Covid-19 infection.

Councils across the country have established local hubs to give people access to food, medical supplies and social support.

Over 1,500 people have responded in the Cheshire West borough to a call to help ensure that physical distancing doesn’t need to mean social isolation.

And the first packages of support have now been received.

Council leader, Cllr Louise Gittins, said: “We understand that everyone now faces an enormous challenge from the unprecedented limitations put on our daily life by the coronavirus outbreak.

“We need to focus our resources on supporting those members of our community who are vulnerable to serious medical complications as a result of infection from Covid-19.

“We’ve had an inspiring reaction from individuals and businesses who want to help at this time of crisis.

“Our co-ordinated community response has already begun to shield our residents who are most at risk, and we stand in solidarity and support for our most vulnerable residents at this challenging time.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s dedicated helpline can be reached by calling 0300 123 7031 and will run seven days a week from 8am to 7pm.

The helpline will provide advice and support, and where necessary make arrangements for food, medicines and social contact.

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