Latest advice on Coronavirus

26th February 2020

Advice from Public Health England

Date: 3rd March 2020

We are continuing to monitor and follow Public Health England.  Please find below the latest information about the COVID 19 coronavirus from Public Health.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Yesterday, a new helpline has been launched to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

  • No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

The situation is evolving daily and the advice for returning travellers has been updated on the PHE website

Returning Travellers:

The guidance for Italy, Iran, and Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea) applies to individuals who returned from these specific areas on or after 19th  February 2020. All other advice is for travellers who have returned within the last 14 days.

  • Anyone who has returned from the following areas should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, even if not experiencing any symptoms:
  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy (10 towns in the Lombardy region and 1 town in the Veneto region see map )
  • Special care zones in the Republic of Korea (Daegu and Cheongdo see map)
  • Wuhan city and Hubei province
  • Anyone who has returned from the following areas and develops symptoms should call NHS 111, stay indoors, avoid contact with other people, even if the symptoms are mild.
    • Cambodia
    • China (outside of Hubei province)
    • Hong Kong
    • Northern Italy (see map)
    • Japan
    • Laos
    • Macau
    • Malaysia
    • Myanmar
    • Republic of Korea ( other than regions specified as special care zones above see map )
    • Singapore
    • Taiwan
    • Thailand
    • Vietnam

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