Latest Government advice on Coronavirus

PUBLIC Health England has released more advice for schools regarding travelling from other countries and the Coronavirus.

 

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.

This permits the government to plan for all eventualities.

We have been working in close collaboration with international colleagues and the World Health Organization to monitor the situation in China and around the world.

As of February 25th advice for returning travellers is as follows:

1)      If you have returned from the following areas since February 19th 2020, call NHS 111to inform them of your recent travel, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptons.

  • Iran
  • specific lockdown areas in northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy. (Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione, D’Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Somaglia, Terrnanova dei Passerini and Vo).
  • ‘special care zones’ in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
  • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)

 2)      If you have returned from the following areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

  • northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

3)      If you have returned to the UK from any of the following areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough, or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travels to the country.

  • Other parts of China outside Hubei province
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

Further guidance for educational settings has been published at the following links and will be updated as soon as possible with the above advice and any further changes: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Information for the public: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Public Health England  and Department of Health have advised that schools do not need to close in relation to COVID 19 (even if there are associated possible cases currently undergoing testing). If a confirmed case is identified with links to a school, specific advice would be given on a case-by-case basis and parents and students would be updated appropriately.

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