Visitors can be reassured that the UK Government is closely monitoring the situation
The WHO has declared this a public health emergency and the UK’s public health officers has advised that the risk to the population should be raised from low to moderate.
The UK’s public health measures are world-leading and it is always well prepared for new diseases with its approach kept under continuous review.
This is a fast moving situation and the best source of information for any visitors with individual questions or concerns is Public Health England.
You can keep up to date with the latest advice from the UK Government’s website here:
Situation Update – correct as at 15.00 19 February 2020
As of 18 February, a total of 5,216 people have been tested in the UK, of which 5,207 were confirmed negative and 9 positive.
· Globally as of 18 February there are 75,199 cases of which 74,185 are in China. The fatalities to date are 2,010 (2,004 of these are within China, Japan (1), Hong Kong SAR (2), Taiwan (1), France (1), Philippines (1)).
· Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken with the President of China about the coronavirus outbreak. A Downing Street spokesman said: “[The Prime Minister] offered his sympathies for those affected by the outbreak of coronavirus in China. President Xi thanked the UK for its support and in particular welcomed the donation of vital medical equipment to China.” The PM has tweeted about the call.
Practical advice and guidance
· The UK Government is working with departments and ALBs to provide a comprehensive “suite” of guidance for various sectors as soon as possible, including advice for workplaces.
· Public Health England issued guidance to assist schools and other educational establishments – the advice is for pupils, students, staff and parents.
· The Department for Transport issued guidance for staff in the transport sector that frontline staff may find useful.
· The Home Office and UKVI have issued immigration guidance for individuals in the UK who are unable to return to China. The dedicated coronavirus immigration helpline – Telephone: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)- Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk