12 March 2020
The World Health Organization has labelled the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. It is anticipated the UK will soon switch to tactics aimed at delaying the spread of coronavirus, rather than containing it.
There are now 460 confirmed cases in the UK - 387 in England, 36 in Scotland, 18 in Northern Ireland and 19 in Wales.
As of this morning Government advice remains that self-isolation is only necessary for those who have:
- Returned from a category 1 country (with or without symptoms);
- Returned from a category 2 country (with symptoms);
- Been in contact with a confirmed case; or
- Been advised to self-isolate by their GP or NHS 111.
NHS 111 now has an “online coronavirus service” which asks several questions and indicates whether a person needs to speak to 111 or potentially self-isolate.
This can be accessed here https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 and is a useful tool for all employers in assessing what steps employees may have to take e.g. when they return from certain areas or are showing certain symptoms.
Contact: Caroline Carr Partner firstname.lastname@example.org T: 0141 221 8012