Important updated information on Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On 27th February the Chief Medical Officer for England announced two new cases of coronavirus.

If more cases are confirmed in the UK, it will be announced as soon as possible by the Chief Medical Officer of the affected country.

As of 27 February, a total of 7,690 people have been tested in the UK, of which 7,675 were confirmed negative and 15 positives.

The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on this page every day at 2pm until further notice.

Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the UK from low to moderate.

Returning Travellers:

If you’ve travelled to the UK from the below countries you must tell a member of the Hallam Medical Team and call NHS 111, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately:
Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms

  • Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy or special care zones in South Korea since 19 February, even if you do not have symptoms
  • other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
  • other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence, and Rimini)
  • Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Lockdown areas in northern Italy:

  • in Lombardy: Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castel Gerundo and San Fiorano
  • in Veneto: Vo’ Euganeo

Special care zones in South Korea:

  • Daegu
  • Cheongdo

See maps of the specified areas here.

This guidance is based on the recommendations of the UK Chief Medical officers.

These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review.

For areas with direct flights to the UK we are carrying out enhanced monitoring. Passengers will be told how to report any symptoms they develop during the flight, at the time of arrival, or after leaving the airport.

The NHS website has more information about how coronavirus is spread and answers common questions about the virus.

Coronavirus guidance for NHS trust and healthcare staff

The RCN, alongside NHS Employers and other trade unions, has produced guidance to support the management of coronavirus. You can read the guidance here.

Reminder of management of a suspected case of Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (WN-CoV)

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