Coronavirus - what you need to know

PHE - Public Health England RCM Member

Three 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.

The Department of Health and Social Care have released the attached poster and below video for you to share among colleagues and women. 

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 countries 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.

As of 5 February, a total of 566 UK tests have concluded, of which 563 were confirmed negative and 3 positive.

The Department of Health and Social Care are working closely with the World Health organisation to monitor the situation in China and around the world. It will be publishing updated data on its website regularly.  

We would like to share the following links to further information, which will update all our members with both clinical guidance and public information to share among staff and women.

All this information will be kept up-to-date regularly so please check for any further announcements.