Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. It has subsequently spread around the world, becoming a global pandemic.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • High temperature (feeling hot to the touch)
  • A new, continuous cough (coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours)
  • Loss or change to sense of smell or taste (not being able to smell or taste anything, or things smelling or tasting different to normal)

For more information about symptoms please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

Current risk to the UK from coronavirus

We are closely following Government advice as to the risk of coronavirus, so that we can plan for all eventualities. The UK COVID-19 alert level, has recently been lowered to Level 3, which means that a COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation, but transmission is no longer high, or rising exponentially. For more information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Self-isolation

If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, you must stay at home for 14 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Anyone entering the UK must also self-isolate for the first 14 days after arriving.

The latest guidance can be seen here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Controlling the virus

The current Government advice states that everyone in the UK should stay at home as much as possible, and limit contact with other people.

However, as part of its plan to emerge from lockdown, there are a now number of changes being made in England, that take effect from Saturday, 1 July 2020.

People will be allowed to meet in groups of two households, in any location (public or private, indoors or outdoors), while remaining at a safe distance from people not in their household. Many businesses will also be permitted to reopen, and will be expected to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines.

While people should continue to stay 2m apart where possible, a ‘1m plus’ rule will be applicable in most situations.

More information on what you can and cannot do from 4 July is available on Gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do-after-4-july

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