Update : 05th March 2020
Government Coronavirus Update – Action Plan Latest Advice
Yesterday, the Coronavirus Action Plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.
The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
The document includes:
- what we know about the virus and the disease it causes
- how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current coronavirus outbreak
- the actions we have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak
- what we are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes
- the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future
Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
Update : 26 February 2020
Advice for parents/guardians intending to travel abroad.
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel abroad to countries where there is a higher risk of transmission.
The affected countries are: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.
If so, please refer to https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/498/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-update for the latest travel advice.
Public Health England has also issued general advice for members of the public https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#advice-for-travellers
What action you should take.
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
Anyone who has travelled to the UK from the countries listed in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, should to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
Further information is available from https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/