The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which was first identified in Wuhan, China is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. DHSC publish daily figures on testing at 2pm every day here.
On 27 February 2020 guidance has been provided by Public Health England on COVID-19 (coronavirus) for returning travellers or visitors arriving in the UK from specified countries and areas. These areas are divided into the following categories:
Category 1: Travellers should self-isolate, even if asymptomatic, and call NHS 111 to inform of recent travel. Go home or to your destination and then self isolate.
Category 2: Travellers do not need to undertake any special measures, but if they develop symptoms they should self-isolate and call NHS 111.
The guidance for Italy, Iran, Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea), Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam applies to individuals who returned from these specific areas on or after 19 February 2020.
Immediately stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and call 111 now if you’ve been to:
Wuhan city and Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
If you develop symptoms, self isolate and call NHS 111 if you’ve been to:
other parts of China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
Do not go to a GP surgery or hospital.
Tell 111 about any recent travel and any symptoms you have.
Find out more about the coronavirus at nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 or publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know