**Latest on Coronavirus** update 6th March 2020

In addition to the previous advice, the latest guidance provides advice regarding additional areas affected.
The NHS in England and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

The NHS 111 service is experiencing very high volumes of calls

Please use the following links instead:
For information about Coronavirus but don't think you have been affected go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Anyone worried that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

Seek advice from 111 online if you have been:

to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China, in the last 14 days; Daegu or Cheongdo in Korea or any Italian town under containment* since the 19th February (even if you do not have symptoms)
to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)

to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, in the last 14 days; Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, any part of Italy outside the containment areas and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)

• in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
* these towns are in Lombardy and the Veneto regions (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk)

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan or Hubei province, China are currently in isolation

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at Further information is available on nhs.uk.


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