Update on Wuhan Coronavirus.
The Department for Health and Social Care is providing NUS with daily updates on the Wuhan Coronavirus situation.
You’ll also find the latest information and guidance at GOV.UK/coronavirus.
As of today (25th February 2020), a total of 6,795 people have been tested: 6,782 negative. 13 positive. All future figures will now include the four cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
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.
Today the Chief Medical Advisor for England, Chris Whitty updated advice for travellers returning to the UK from specific areas affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus). These are as follows -
If you have returned from these specific areas since February 19, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
- 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 February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111:
- Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
If you have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath and have visited any of the following areas in the last 14 days
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
Stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of your recent travel to the city.
Published PHE guidance
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings on COVID-19 is now live on PHE’s website. Further to this, guidance for businesses and employers has also been published.
Commenting, Erica Ramos, NUS Vice President (Union Development) said;
Following the WHO public health emergency announcement last night, and confirmation by the Chief Medical Officer England that two patients have proven positive with coronavirus, we have reissued advice to students. Daily updates have been provided to our member students’ unions on the situation and these will continue.
Students are advised to follow the national advice available on the gov.uk website and can access the same information via twitter. We will continue to monitor the situation closely working with the relevant health authorities.
As this happened during Chinese New Year, Chinese students would normally be back with their families to celebrate but due to the outbreak have been advised not to travel. We should be considerate and supportive of our Chinese students and friends who are challenged by this situation and no doubt worried for their families.
We are very concerned by reports that Chinese students are experiencing discrimination and hate as a result of this situation. NUS believes that all forms of hate and prejudice are unacceptable and shall continue to support students’ unions on any issues they may face around hate crime and xenophobia. We have a continued responsibility to ensure our spaces are inclusive and accessible to all students.
Get in touch with your SU if you are experiencing any issues so they can provide further guidance.
If you have returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days:
- stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
- call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city
If you are in Northern Ireland, call your GP.
Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.
Further information is available on the gov.uk website and you can access the same information via twitter. Just search for #Coronavirus.