Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (WN-CoV) – latest advice and guidance

Advice and guidance as of 7 February 2020

The latest national guidance has been extended to advise 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. Advice for traveller from Wuhan and Hubei Province remains as per below.

Important advice for travellers from China

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu (14 days)
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area.
Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified 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 to the UK in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough, 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.

The University constantly monitors the latest advice across a range of health and travel issues. There are currently three confirmed cases of Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (WN-CoV) in the UK, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has revised its travel advice which now advises against all but essential travel to mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Maca). It further advises that all UK nationals should leave China where possible. This is an evolving situation and we encourage staff, students and family, to follow and stay up to date with information and advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Council and Public Health England.

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