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  • UK :COVID-19: 361,677 cases,  41,614 deaths   ( was 46,706 deaths & then reduced by 5,000 officially) )

    Guidance Coronavirus: latest information and advice


    Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

    Published 24 January 2020
    Last updated 10 February 2020 — see all updates From: Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England Contents
    1. Situation in the UK
    2. Information about the virus
    3. Advice for travellers
    4. Summary of action taken
    5. Diagnosis and analysis
    6. Further information
    Situation in the UK


    Eight patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus. Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty, has shared a statement. 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.

    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 public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.

    Based on the scientific advice of SAGE the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

    These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review. Our advice for travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province remains unchanged from the below.

    The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has announced strengthened legal powers to bolster public health protections against coronavirus. The regulations have been put in place to reduce the risk of further human-to-human transmission in this country by keeping individuals in isolation where public health professionals believe there is a reasonable risk an individual may have the virus.

    As of 10 February, a total of 1,114 people have been tested, of which 1,106 were confirmed negative and 8 positive.

    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.

    The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on this page on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice. Information about the virus


    A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

    Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

    Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. Advice for travellers


    British people travelling and living overseas following the outbreak of novel coronavirus should check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice.

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised UK nationals to leave China where possible. If the situation continues to escalate the pressure on the Chinese health system may intensify, and it may also become harder for people to travel.

    This change does not affect our advice for those returning from Wuhan or mainland China. Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province


    If you have travelled 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 the flu
    • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

    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 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:
    • China
    • Thailand
    • Japan
    • Republic of Korea
    • Hong Kong
    • Taiwan
    • Singapore
    • Malaysia
    • Macau

    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. What this means in practice


    We are asking people to take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like they would with other flu viruses.

    This means remaining at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms) and not going to work, school or public areas.

    Where possible, you should avoid having visitors to your home, but it’s ok for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food. Transport


    You should not use public transport or taxis until 14 days after your return from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms). Getting food and medicine


    We recommend that you stay at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms), and avoid public places. Where possible, contact a friend, family member or delivery services to carry out errands on your behalf. Taking children to school


    We recommend that you stay at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms), and avoid public places. Where possible, contact a friend or family member to take your children to school. Why the advice has changed


    This is an evolving situation and the advice has changed based on emerging information from China about the number of cases and spread of the infection from person to person.

    This is a highly precautionary measure to limit the potential spread of infection. Summary of action taken


    We have introduced advanced monitoring at airports with direct flights from China.

    A team of public health experts has been established in Heathrow to support anyone travelling in from China who feels unwell. These hubs will bring in rotational teams of 7 clinicians, working in shifts, who will be on hand to support patients on arrival. This is in addition to medical staff who are already permanently in place at all UK airports and the advice issued to all UK airports for people travelling to and from China.

    The government has issued clinical guidance for the detection and diagnosis of novel coronavirus (2019-nCov), and infection prevention and control.

    The Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director at PHE and Medical Director at NHSE/I have issued advice via a CAS (Central Alerting System) alert to frontline staff to increase awareness of the situation and any actions to take.

    Most people who develop symptoms will get them after leaving the airport and so the priority is providing UK residents and travellers with the latest information to make sure they know what to do if they experience symptoms, and the NHS and PHE have an established plan to respond to someone who becomes unwell.

    China has also introduced port-of-exit screening so people already exhibiting symptoms are not allowed to leave the country. Diagnosis and analysis


    Based on current evidence, novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had pre-existing health conditions.

    The UK is now one of the first countries outside China to have a prototype specific laboratory test for this new disease. Healthcare professionals who are contacted by a patient with symptoms following travel to Wuhan have been advised to submit samples to PHE for testing. Individuals should be treated in isolation

    After the experience of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, PHE developed a series of diagnostic tests to detect any member of the family of coronaviruses. These have been used for several years, and were able to detect the first UK case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2012.

    With the first reported publication of the genome sequence of a 2019 novel coronavirus, PHE was able to rapidly develop further specific tests for this virus, working with WHO and global network of laboratories.

    When a clinician suspects novel coronavirus (2019-nCov), they take samples from the nose, throat and deeper respiratory samples, package and send them safely to PHE Colindale. PHE can provide a laboratory result from this specific virus on the same working day.

    PHE also has the capability to sequence the viral genome and compare this to published sequences from China, if a case occurs. This will provide valuable information on any mutations in the virus over time and allow an improved understanding of how it spreads. Further information
    Published 24 January 2020
    Last updated 10 February 2020 + show all updates

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-no...for-the-public
    Last edited by kiwibird; March 16, 2020, 09:40 AM.
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

  • #2
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51526875
    Schools do not need to close or send staff and pupils home if there is a suspected case of coronavirus, new guidance is to recommend.

    Public Health England will say no restrictions or special control measures are needed while tests are carried out on a suspected case.

    If a case is confirmed, health protection teams will speak to the head teacher and action will be taken.
    ... snip
    “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."

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    • #3
      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...t-testing.html
      A branch of British shoe retailer Clarks closed its doors to customers over the weekend after a member of its staff was suspected to have contracted the Coronavirus.

      The store in Nantwich, Cheshire, was closed on Friday afternoon amid fears an employee had the super virus.
      ... snip
      “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."

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      • #4
        https://news.sky.com/story/nhs-start...homes-11939985
        NHS starts testing suspected coronavirus patients in their own homes

        The move means ambulances can be kept in action instead of having to be deep-cleaned after every suspected case....snip

        NHS staff, including nurses and paramedics, have been issued with home testing kits to stop people travelling with the infection to limit the spread of COVID-19.

        Professor Keith Willett, NHS strategic incident director for coronavirus, said: "We have started to pilot home testing for coronavirus in London, which will be carried out by NHS staff, like nurses or paramedics, allowing people to stay home rather than having to travel, which is safer for you and your family and limits the spread of infection.
        “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."

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        • #5
          https://www.gov.uk/government/news/c...el-coronavirus
          CMO for England announces four new cases of novel coronavirus

          Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty statement on four new cases of COVID-19 from the Diamond Princess

          Four further patients in England have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to thirteen.

          The virus was passed on in the Diamond Princess cruise ship and the patients are being transferred from Arrowe Park to specialist NHS infection centres.
          It is interesting to note that this report does not categorically state that the patients were passengers on the cruise ship.
          “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."

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          • #6
            Four new coronavirus cases takes UK tally to 13

            febr 23 2020

            FOUR of the British and Irish evacuees who landed back in the UK from Japan on Saturday have tested positive for the coronavirus.

            They caught the virus on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, said England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, and it means there are 13 confirmed cases in the UK.

            The four new cases have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres.

            They had been among a group of 30 British nationals and two Irish citizens who arrived at a quarantine block at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside on Saturday.

            FOUR of the British and Irish evacuees who landed back in the UK from Japan on Saturday have tested positive for the coronavirus.
            “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
            Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Gert van der Hoek View Post
              Four new coronavirus cases takes UK tally to 13

              febr 23 2020

              FOUR of the British and Irish evacuees who landed back in the UK from Japan on Saturday have tested positive for the coronavirus.

              They caught the virus on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, said England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, and it means there are 13 confirmed cases in the UK.

              The four new cases have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres.

              They had been among a group of 30 British nationals and two Irish citizens who arrived at a quarantine block at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside on Saturday.
              They caught the virus on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, said England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty. There has been no official confirmation that the four confirmed cases were actually passengers. It is possible that there are support staff amongst them - everything I have read that has been official has been very ambiguous. There is no routine testing of any of the shore based quarantine staff from the cruise ship.
              “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."

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              • #8
                Coronavirus: Two schools in Cheshire shut down after students return from Italy ski trips


                Tuesday 25 February 2020

                One school has closed and another has shut its sixth form after students returned from half-term ski trips in Italy.

                The two schools, both in Cheshire, made the decision on Tuesday and comes as Italian authorities continue to struggle to control an outbreak of COVID-19.

                A message to parents from Richard Pollock, the headteacher of Cransley School in Northwich, said the closure would remain in place for the rest of the week in order to "completely minimise" the risk of infection.

                It comes after a number of students and staff at the school had visited Bormio, northern Italy, last week, and had since been advised to self-isolate.

                One school has closed and another has shut its sixth form after students returned from half-term ski trips in Italy.
                “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
                Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

                ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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                • #9
                  Source: https://www.tyla.com/news/news-coron...auses-20200225

                  BREAKING: 300 Office Workers Sent Home From London's Canary Wharf
                  Unity Blott in News
                  Last updated 11:57, Wednesday 26 February 2020 GMT

                  More than 300 workers have been sent home from their offices at London's Canary Wharf, it has emerged.

                  US oil company Chevron sent staff home on Tuesday, after an employee was sent for coronavirus testing following a trip to one of the countries affected by the deadly virus.

                  The company said: "Chevron continues to monitor the situation very closely, utilising the guidance of international and local health authorities...

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                  • #10
                    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51641243
                    Tests for coronavirus are being increased to include people displaying flu-like symptoms at 11 hospitals and 100 GP surgeries across the UK.

                    The tests will provide an "early warning" if the virus is spreading, Public Health England medical director Prof Paul Cosford said.

                    It comes as more schools closed or sent staff and pupils home following trips to Italy, which has over 300 cases.

                    The virus has also spread to other European countries.

                    Prof Cosford told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We are heightening our vigilance because of the apparent spread of the virus in countries outside mainland China."
                    ...snip
                    “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."

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                  • #11
                    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/h...-a9361916.html
                    Coronavirus: Patients could be denied lifesaving care if virus overwhelms NHS hospitals

                    Exclusive: Senior doctors criticise government's 'dishonest spin' over ability of NHS to cope with a severe pandemic outbreak
                    NHS patients could be denied lifesaving care during a severe coronavirus outbreak in Britain if intensive care units are struggling to cope, senior doctors have warned.

                    Under a so-called “three wise men” protocol, three senior consultants in each hospital would be forced to make decisions on rationing care such as ventilators and beds, in the event hospitals were overwhelmed with patients.
                    “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."

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                    • #12
                      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51656609
                      Two more patients have tested positive for coronavirus in England, bringing the total number of UK cases to 15.

                      They have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres in Liverpool and London, the Department of Health said.

                      The virus was passed on while they were in Italy and Tenerife, said England's chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty.

                      Ministers have said they expect more cases to emerge.

                      The new patients are being treated at specialist centres at the Royal Free Hospital, London, and the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
                      ...snip
                      “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."

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                      • #13
                        https://www.thesun.ie/news/5134370/c...pe-from-italy/
                        SCOTTISH DOCS STILL WAITING FOR PROTECTIVE GEAR

                        A leading GP in Scotland has warned scores of practices are still without vital protective gear as they prepare for coronavirus.

                        Dr Andrew Buist, chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee in Scotland said he and many other doctors still hadn’t received facemasks.

                        He warned on his Twitter account: “Still waiting in Blairgowrie on the PPE face masks promised by Scottish Gov over 2 weeks ago – concerning as general practice is the frontline for coronavirus healthcare presentation.”
                        ...snip
                        “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."

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                        • #14
                          https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/26/secon...ears-12309583/
                          Coronavirus fears have forced two more London firms to send staff home, hours after an office in Canary Wharf went into lockdown. Staff at OMD UK, a media agency based in Fitzrovia, central London, were ‘immediately’ sent home on Wednesday after an employee who had recently returned from Australia and Singapore began showing flu-like symptoms.


                          Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/26/secon...3/?ito=cbshare

                          Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/
                          ......

                          Crossrail, which shares the same building as Chevron, has now asked employees to stay away, according to the BBC.
                          ...snip
                          “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."

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                          • #15
                            See section page 3 with the ILI graph. As everyone with an influenza like illness is being told to remain home and telephone 111 then these figures are likely to drop dramatically. What is needed is information the levels of pneumonia in the country.
                            https://assets.publishing.service.go...eek_9_2020.pdf
                            Emergency Department (ED) attendances for pneumonia remained stable although are now above baseline levels. All other respiratory indicators remained at or below seasonally expected levels for week 08.
                            “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."

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