The UK’s Coronavirus Risk is Now Moderate
The UK Department of Health and Social Care published updated coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) data, as of 2 pm on March 6, 2020.
The UK is now reporting 20,338 people have been tested for the COVID-19 disease, of which 163 were confirmed as positive. And, 1 patient who tested positive for COVID-19 disease has since passed away.
In England, the regions reporting the most cases are London (29), South East (24), South West (22), and North West (21).
Based on the World Health Organization’s previous declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the UK from low to moderate.
Previously, the UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, announced strengthened legal powers to protect public health, on February 10th.
The UK suggests returning international travelers who have visited the following places in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms, should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people:
- Hubei province in China
- Areas in Italy
- Areas in South Korea
- Hong Kong
This travel guidance is based on the recommendations of the UK Chief Medical officers. These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes, and the number of reported COVID-19 cases.
For areas with direct flights to the UK, we are carrying out enhanced monitoring. Passengers will be told how to report any symptoms they develop during the flight, at the time of arrival, or after leaving the airport.
As previously announced on February 20, 2020, enhanced monitoring is active at London’s Heathrow Airport for direct flights to the UK from Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.
On March 3rd, the UK health and social care system published ‘Coronavirus action plan: a guide to what you can expect across the UK.’
As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough.
Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer, and chronic lung disease.
The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is known to cause the COVID-19 disease in humans and was first identified in Wuhan City, China during December 2019.
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