There have now been a 13 confirmed case of COVID 19 ‘Coronavirus’ in the UK after 4 people were repatriated from a cruise ship that had been quarantined in Japan. All are receiving treatment and are in isolation in specialist hospital units. The vast majority of the other people who have been tested and quarantined after returning from areas affected have been discharged with no symptoms of the virus.
Although the total number of deaths reported in China has reached around 2660, the spread of the virus is reported to be slowing, although new cases have now been reported in Iran. The largest outbreak in Europe is in Italy where 11 towns have been put on lockdown, although cases of the virus have now been reported in Austria, Croatia and Switzerland.
The latest Government guidance is for anyone returning from the following areas since the 19th February is to stay indoors and contact the telephone numbers below:
- Mainland China
- Republic of Korea
- Northern Italy (Lombardy and Veneto regions)
If anyone believes they may have come into contact with someone with the coronavirus and they develop any of the symptoms, they should stay indoors and call NHS111
In Scotland, individuals can phone their GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.
In Northern Ireland, individuals can call 0300 200 7885
The World Health Organisation has also reported that cases have been identified in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel and Oman, however, the spread of the virus is not classed as a ‘pandemic’ and if individuals have not been in an area where the virus is spreading or been in close contact with someone who has and is unwell, then the likelihood of infection are LOW.
The coronavirus causes acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough.
If someone coughs or sneezes and they do not cover it, those droplets can spread about one metre (3ft). If you are very close to the person you might breathe them in.
Or, if someone coughs or sneezes into their hand, those droplets and the virus within them are easily transferred to surfaces that the person touches, such as door handles, hand rails, telephones and keyboards. If you touch these surfaces and touch your face, the virus could enter your system, and you can become infected.
Please ensure you adopt good personal hygiene regimes including hand washing.
Corps Security has a well-developed pandemic strategy as part of our overall Business Continuity Planning – and should individuals receive and enquiries about this from our colleagues or customers – please do not hesitate to refer them to myself.
Quality & Compliance Manager