Coronavirus – Advice for Early Years Settings

Last week we had a few enquiries from schools regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.  We have asked our Public Health team and they have confirmed with Public Health England Communications that there is currently no specific advice for early years settings.  However this is a constantly evolving situation so they have provided the below update which includes the link to the webpages which will be regularly updated.

You will be aware of the Coronavirus outbreak which first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. The situation is evolving and subject to constant review so please refer to Public Health England advice online for the latest and most up-to-date information.  The website includes guidance for individuals who have travelled from Wuhan.

At the time of writing, most cases have been confined to China. There has now been the first case in the UK. Our colleagues at Public Health England are working hard to follow up anyone who may have been a contact and travel advice and controls are in place for flights to and from Wuhan and China.  The Public Health team here are also working with partners and will keep you updated if there are any significant developments.

Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration (on Thurs 30 January) that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities but should not raise unnecessary alarm.

If you do have any concerns or questions please visit the Government website for further information.

Coronavirus: public information