Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest Advice

Friday, March 6, 2020

The Government has released detailed advice about who and when people should be self-isolating and what to do if you are showing symptoms, however mild, having recently travelled back from areas/countries with a large outbreak.

The current advice as of today, 6th March 2020 is the following:

If you have returned from these specific areas in the last 14 days, you should call NHS111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:

We will not allow anyone to work for 14 days if you have recently returned from the locations listed above and if you are showing any symptoms, however mild and recently returned from the areas/countries listed below.

If you have travelled to the UK from these areas in the last 14 days and you are experiencing a cough or fever or shortness of breath, you must stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if the symptoms are mild.

  • Mainland China outside of Hubei province
  • Italy outside of the lockdown areas
  • South Korea outside of the special care zones
  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

You must also call 111 if you have been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus and follow the advice given by 111. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature
  • a dry cough
  • shortness of breath

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. 111 will be able to give you advice if you are concerned that you are showing these symptoms and you must follow their advice.

Please note that the information contained in this news article could change daily and Public Health England will update their advice at 2pm every day so please check the Government’s website for daily updates.