Message from DfE about the Coronavirus

The government is monitoring Coronavirus and taking action at home and abroad. The risk to individuals remains low.  However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children or staff returning from or visiting China.

Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-china

More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Advice for parents/guardians

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.

What action you can 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.

Advice to those who have travelled recently

Public Health England has changed the advice for individuals who have travelled recently as follows:

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

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:

·         Elsewhere in 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

Encouraging good hygiene

As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:

·         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.

Latest information

·         Updates on Coronavirus:  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
·         Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
·         Public Health England blog:  https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
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