Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice
14 February 2020
Last updated: Friday 14 February, 14:50
Public Health England (PHE), which has responsibility in England for safeguarding public health, has assessed the current risk to the UK population as moderate.
Nine patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). 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.
PHE is working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international partners and is keeping the situation under constant review.
The university takes the health of students and colleagues very seriously. We are carefully monitoring the situation and will issue further advice and guidance as it becomes available.
In the meantime, students and colleagues are encouraged to continue their university business as normal.
Infections such as colds and influenza are very common in the UK at this time of year. If you develop viral symptoms, you should manage these as you usually would. We will update this advice should the situation change significantly.
Advice for travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province
If you have returned from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:
- stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
- contact NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city
If you are in Northern Ireland, call your GP.
Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.
Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas
This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
If you have returned to the UK from any of these 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 as you would with the flu
- call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
In Scotland phone your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. If you are in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.
Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.
Please check the UK Government website for further information and advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-china
Advice for travellers to and from mainland China
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) latest travel advice is that all Britons in China should leave the country, if they can, to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus.
The FCO advise against all travel to Hubei Province and all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao).