Released on: 31 January 2020

Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the UK. What does this mean and what do you need to know?

You will all be aware of the coronavirus, which was identified in Wuhan, China, leading to precautionary measures to limit the potential spread of infection. As of 11 February, eight cases have been confirmed in the UK.

We understand that this may be causing concern, and that concerns are often heightened during pregnancy and for parents with a young family. 

Information and further support

For accurate and up-to-date information, please visit the Department of Health and Social Care website. The guidance on this page is being updated on a daily basis. 

Information has also been published on the NHS website

What are the symptoms?

Based on current evidence, the coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. Anyone who thinks they have symptoms should call their GP or NHS 111.

Anyone who has returned from Wuhan or Hubei Province in the last 14 days is advised to: 

  • Immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. They should follow this advice even if they don't have symptoms.
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of their recent travel. If in Northern Ireland, they should call 0300 200 7885. 

Anyone that has travelled to the UK from other areas of 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 is advised to: 

  • Immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, even if symptoms are mild.
  • Call NHS 111. If in Northern Ireland, they should call 0300 200 7885.

We will update this information, should the situation change.

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