WHO has named the virus COVID-19, short for ‘coronavirus disease 2019’, using their best practices for naming new human infectious diseases.
As of 11 February 2020, globally there are 43,103 confirmed cases, which are mostly being reported in China. Outside China there are 395 confirmed cases across 24 countries. Latest World Health Organisation (WHO) daily situation report – Read here >>
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao). They advised that the British Consulates-General in Wuhan and Chongqing are closed. They also advise that if you’re in China and able to leave, you should do so.
Based on current evidence, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing.
If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province, China to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately, even if you do not have symptoms of the virus: stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu and call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area.
If you have returned to the UK from China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately: stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu and call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.
Business continuity plans
Media have reported on impacts to supply chains due to the closure of factories in China. If this were to continue, businesses should consider if this would impact on them and should look to review and update business continuity plans.
Additional support from Resilience First
- Resilience First – Update 4
- Lunchtime briefing: The Coronavirus Outbreak and Resilient Communities | Weds 25 March 2020, 12pm for 12.45-2.30pm