Coronavirus: latest information and advice

26 February 2020

UPDATE: Wednesday 26 February

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has now confirmed that, as of 25 February, there have been 13 cases of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) in the UK.

Residents are being asked to call the NHS on 111 if they have been:

  • To Hubei province in China in the last 14 days.
  • To Iran, areas of northern Italy in lockdown or "special care zone" areas in South Korea since 19 February (please visit the NHS website to see exactly which areas are affected).
  • To other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath.
  • To other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath.
  • In close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus.

If any of the above applies to you, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

To avoid spreading or catching the virus, everyone is asked to:

  • 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 straight away.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

The latest information and advice is now available on the NHS website.

Public Health England (PHE) have also created a number of blogs which provide information on:

Self-isolation – including what this means and why it is important

Contact tracing – showing the ways PHE are working to protect the public from coronavirus

 

UPDATE: Friday 14 February

Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that, as of 13 February, nine patients in England have now tested positive for coronavirus following the outbreak in Wuhan City, China.

A new blog on contact tracing has been produced by PHE, outlining one of the ways they are working to protect the public from infectious diseases such as coronavirus.

PHE has also updated their novel coronavirus blog for answers to frequently asked questions.

For the latest information and advice for the public, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

 

UPDATE: Thursday 13 February

Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that, as of 12 February, nine patients in England have now tested positive for coronavirus following the outbreak in Wuhan City, China.

 

UPDATE: Tuesday 11 February

Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that, as of 10 February, eight patients in England have now tested positive for coronavirus following the outbreak in Wuhan City, China.

Residents are reminded to help themselves stay healthy and slow the spread of any virus by following 3 easy steps:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue and, to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • If you have arrived back from an affected area* within the last 14 days follow the specific advice for travellers.

* Affected areas now include: China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau.

This is an evolving situation and residents should seek the most up-to-date information by visiting www.gov.uk/coronavirus or by checking out the novel coronavirus blog for answers to frequently asked questions.

 

Tuesday 4 February

Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that two patients in England have now tested positive for coronavirus following the outbreak in Wuhan City, China.

A coronavirus is a type of virus that typically causes symptoms such as a fever and a cough, which may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

The council is reviewing its response plan as a precaution in case the situation in the UK gets worse.

Residents can help themselves stay healthy and slow the spread of any virus by following 3 easy steps:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue and, to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • If you have arrived back from China within the last 14 days follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.

For more information visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.