The World Health Organization declared that Coronavirus is being classed as a public health emergency of international concern, and as of yesterday (25th Feb), the UK Chief Medical Officers raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.
This permits the government to plan for all eventualities but the main thing to remember is that the risk to individuals remains low. The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on the Government website every day at 2pm until further notice (found here - Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice ). DSAT will be checking this daily to ensure we continue to provide you with updates to ensure our staff and children continue to be supported appropriately.
As the number of Coronavirus cases continues to increase across the world, many countries are going into lock down to reduce the spread and contain it as much as possible. The UK to date have confirmed 13 positive cases which includes the 4 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. DfE advice continues to focus on promoting good hygiene.
The FCO is currently advising against all travel to Hubei Province, in China and advising against all but essential travel to: • mainland China • the cities of Daegu and Cheongdo in South Korea • ten small towns in the Lombardy region and one in the Veneto region of Italy • Iran
Government advice is that anyone who has travelled to certain countries in South East Asia, for example South Korea or Japan, or Northern Italy, should call NHS111 and be self-isolated; stay indoors and avoid contact with other people for 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms. This update has been issued as people in Leicestershire return from half term holidays and may have been skiing in Northern Italy. The Trust expects all of those families who have been to these particular countries to be vigilant and to act responsibly in accordance with the Government advice.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide more advice as necessary. We will also be adding the appropriate links to our website to ensure that parents and carers continue to get as much advice as possible. These are both useful and updated regularly with informationCOVID-19: guidance for health professionals andCorona Virus - What you need to know.
Clearly this is a complex and evolving area and we continue to promote good hygiene practices within school.
If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact Mrs Paterson or speak to the school office.