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[Updated 25/2] Coronavirus outbreak

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We are continuing to monitor and respond to information issued by the government and will update this page regularly.

We are updating this page regularly, please continue to check for updated information.

25 February

The government have updated their advice for travellers returning from specified areas:

  • 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. 
  • If you have returned from these specific areas since 19 February, you should call NHS111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
    • Iran
    • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
    • Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
    • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)
  • If you have returned from these areas since 19 February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
    • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
    • Vietnam
    • Cambodia
    • Laos
    • Myanmar

Additional information sources:

21 February

The advice remains unchanged:

17 February The advice from the government remains unchanged.
14 February

The government continues to provide new advice on Coronavirus: latest information and advice.

13 February  The most up to date information on the government website Coronavirus: latest information and advice

This page will now also include daily updates from the Department of Health and Social Care.
11 February

You can find the most up to date information on the government website: Coronavirus: latest information and advice and the latest travel advice on the FCO China travel page.  

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have also published a page Coronavirus - information for international students, which they are keeping updated.

7 February

You can find the most up to date information on the government website: Coronavirus: latest information and advice and the latest travel advice on the FCO China travel page.  

This update includes the following new advice:

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

Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.

5 February

You can find the most up to date information on the government website: Coronavirus: latest information and advice.

You can find the latest travel advice on the FCO China travel page.

3 February

The latest advice and information from the government can be seen here.

The advice to people who have travelled from Wuhan and Hubei in the last 14 days remains the same. Recent travellers from elsewhere in China (except Macao and Hong Kong) who feel unwell are advised to stay indoors and dial 111 (or go to 111 online) to reach National Health Service's advice and support line, which is supported by medically trained members of staff.

31 January You can find the most up to date information on the government website: Coronavirus: latest information and advice.
29 January

There are currently no confirmed cases in the UK or of UK citizens abroad, and the risk to the public is low. The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and international community.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office continue to advise against all travel to Hubei Province, and now advise against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao)

Public Health England have also provided advice for travellers returning from Wuhan to take simple, common-sense steps to avoid contact with people as much as possible, like you would with other viruses.  This includes remaining at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan and not going to work, school or public areas.

If you have returned from Wuhan you should follow this advice, please note students should use the authorised absence process to cover this period.

24 January

The most recent advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to Wuhan city, Hubei Province due to the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak. 

Public Health England has offered this advice to travellers. For more information and advice, visit the TravelHealthPro website.

The university's support services are available for you to use if you have any concerns in the coming days and weeks,  the details of the Student Wellbeing Service and Students' Union Advice Service can be found on our website.  Staff should speak to their senior manager or our HR team.

22 January

Public Health England have published the following update and have introduced enhanced monitoring from all direct flights from Wuhan Province to the UK from 22 January 2020.  They have also advised against all but essential travel to Wuhan Province.  The Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice will be updated today.

The advice only extends at present to Wuhan Province, and travel advice for the rest of China (inc. Hong Kong) remains unchanged, but advises that travellers should "maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene and should avoid visiting animal and bird markets or people who are ill with respiratory symptoms."

The risk to the UK population has been assessed as low.  This has been raised from very low due to current evidence on the likelihood of cases being imported into this country. There are currently no confirmed cases of this new infection in the UK.

21 January

Chinese New Year is fast approaching - for those of you who are planning to travel to China for the celebrations, please can we ask you to pay close attention to advice being given on a new virus which can cause respiratory illness.

Although the risk to UK travellers is low, we advise that before travelling you check the following websites for updates, including how to take simple precautions: