Coronavirus

From The BBC’s online health page.

 

The eighth person in the UK to be diagnosed with coronavirus caught it in Singapore, it is understood.

He is thought to have tested positive for the virus in Brighton before being taken to hospital in London.

 

The government is now telling travellers arriving in the UK from a total of nine Asian countries and territories to check for symptoms.

They are advised to stay at home and call the NHS if they are ill and have flown home in the past 14 days.

 

The initial advice had only covered mainland China, but now also includes:-

 

Thailand

Japan

Republic of Korea

Taiwan

Singapore

Malaysia

Hong Kong

Macau

 

Anyone returning in the past fortnight from those place who has symptoms like a cough, fever, or shortness of breath should stay indoors and call the NHS 111 service.

 

The Department of Health said they should do so “even if symptoms are mild”, adding: “These countries have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review.”

 

The new UK patient is understood to be a middle-aged man who was isolated at home, tested positive and was taken to central London, where he is being treated at a specialist infectious diseases unit. It is the first UK case in which the virus was contracted outside mainland China.

 

Please contact your local Matrix Travel office for further information:-

 

Northampton: 44 (0)1604 605080 – [email protected]

Aylesbury:   44 (0)1296 695500  – [email protected]

 

Matrix Travel “Out-of-Hours” department: +44 (0)203 130 9757

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