COVID-19 news and updates

As the world responds to the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, The Salvation Army continues to provide news and updates. We are also providing resources.

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Latest news and updates

Click on the map icons to see updates from each location.

See our latest news stories below.

The Salvation Army Rises to the Challenge of Coronavirus Response in Remote Island Communities
27 May 2020
In many remote locations, The Salvation Army is providing enhanced services because of the economic side effects of COVID-19
My Coronavirus Story: Lieutenant Julia Krasova, St Petersburg, Russia
20 May 2020
'God has opened doors! - the story of one newly-commissioned Salvation Army officer, faced with responding to COVID-19 in a new city
The Salvation Army’s COVID-19 Response Extends to 100+ Countries
19 May 2020
The Salvation Army now has COVID-19 responses in more than 100 of the 131 countries in which it officially operates
Salvation Army COVID-19 Responses Flex to Changing Conditions
15 May 2020
While much of the world remains under some form of lockdown, there are shoots of encouragement as some countries start to carefully ease restrictions
‘Displaced’ – New Film Explores Life for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants
12 May 2020
Displaced is a 50-minute documentary filmed on location in Brazil, and incorporates experiences of migrants from around the world
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Caring for each other

All around the world, workplaces, restaurants, bars, clubs and many activities and events are closing down or being cancelled. This includes, in many places, Salvation Army gatherings. For many of us, this can be really difficult.

Gathering together and sharing in fellowship is usually so important. We are called to do so in the Bible – for example in Acts 2. So while we understand how important it is not to meet just now – to protect the vulnerable – we also recognise the impact that being isolated is going to have on lots of people.

We’ve put together these ideas for how we can keep on caring for each other, and keep on being people who care.

  • Phone, text or video call a friend.
  • Help with shopping and other goods.
  • Uphold a friend in prayer.
  • Give a gift of entertainment to somebody who is isolated.
  • Support a struggling local restaurant or café.
  • Open your windows and sing or make music!
  • Support food banks, pantries and community cupboards.
  • Drop cards with your contact details through your neighbours’ doors.

You can read more about our suggestions on Facebook and Instagram.

You can also download our poster with these tips:


Tips for online video

With many Salvation Army centres unable to gather together at the moment, you may be thinking about whether you could provide an online alternative. This is an exciting opportunity not only to reach regular congregations, but also those who might not normally enter our buildings.

If you are unsure how to go about providing such a service, we have put together a few tips and things to think about below.


Prayer resources

General Brian Peddle has issued a call to prayer, urging Christians to pray into the current coronavirus situation with urgency. Sunday 19 April 2020 has been set aside as a key time to do this together, initially. Your response can take many different forms, from quiet individual reflection, to family discussion and group prayer via video call.

We have put a few suggestions together to help guide you if you are not sure where to begin.


Advice and information

The effects of the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) are being felt around the world. As The Salvation Army continues in its mission to meet human needs in Christ’s name without discrimination, it is important to follow best practice to keep everybody as safe as possible.

Make use of these free downloads, containing information and advice to keep you safe.