The coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, is still a rapidly evolving situation. On Thursday 30 January the World Health Organization declared this as a global health emergency and in response, the four UK Chief Medical Officers raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. It is being led at national level by Public Health England.
The NHS is extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections, and are already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had to prevent further spread. NHS and partners have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately.
Norfolk Resilience Forum partners meet regularly to discuss the potential risks and impacts for Norfolk and are well-prepared to respond to any potential incident.
Norfolk County Council will continue to review the situation and are following all advice from Public Health England.
If you have any health concerns, check the NHS website for up-to-date advice and guidance, and for regular updates on travel information, symptoms and precautionary measures.
If you are concerned that you are unwell or unsure about your symptoms, the NHS advice line is 111.
PHE has published some frequently asked questions on the coronavirus.
Public Health England recommend that everyone should maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene – there are NHS guidelines on good hand hygiene.
The guidance sent to all Norfolk schools can be found via Public Health England’s page.