Here is key information on the illness and virus with links to official advice.
Government guidance for educational settings about COVID-19
- the novel coronavirus, COVID-19
- how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
- what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 has been in a school or other educational setting
Updated 23 Mar
Symptoms of the disease include:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
Self-isolate for 14 days: do not leave even to get groceries. The whole household are subject to these measures if one person in the household shows any symptoms.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
Even if you do not have symptoms - now is the time to stop non-essential contact with others.
These measures are being put in place to slow the spread, reduce the peak, save lives, minimise suffering, and allow the NHS to operate.
For the most up to date government advice on this matter, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.
Public Health England and the Department for Education have issued specific guidance for education settings.
Public Health England are also keeping a regular blog.
Advice for colleges with confirmed cases
If you have a confirmed case within your college contact your local health protection team here. They will assist in next steps, including helping to organise a deep clean of the college (for confirmed cases only).
For the most current travel advice, Foreign and Commonwealth Office are keeping their page up to date.
Statement by Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in the House of Commons today (updated 17 Mar):
“Based on the fast changing international circumstances today I’m announcing changes to the FCO travel advice. UK travellers abroad now face wide-spread international border restrictions and lockdowns in various countries. The FCO will always consider the safety and the security of British nationals. So with immediate effect I’ve taken the decision to advise British nationals against non-essential travel globally. For an initial period of 30 days and of course subject to ongoing review.”