Information for the public on the outbreak of novel coronavirus COVID-19, including the current situation in the UK, details about the virus and its symptoms, is available on the NHS website. It's updated when new information is available. 

The risk to individuals remains low.

The current national guidance is that if you have arrived to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within the last 14 days, and are experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath you should:

    • stay indoors and avoid contact with others as you would with the flu (do not go to your GP or hospital)
    • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province 

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu (do not go to your GP or hospital)
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

Follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

General advice

The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus.

You can help too.

Germs can live on some surfaces for hours.

To protect yourself and others:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue and, to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.

This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including coronavirus.

Read the latest national advice on coronavirus