Coronavirus Outbreak –
On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. On 12 January 2020 it was announced that a novel coronavirus had been identified in samples obtained from cases and that initial analysis of virus genetic sequences suggested that this was the cause of the outbreak.
As of 23 January 2020 (13:00), 571 cases and 17 fatalities have been officially reported by the Chinese National Health Commission from mainland China. Most but not all cases had been or are in Wuhan city. To date, 16 health care workers are reported to have been infected.
Cases are now reported across 25 provinces in China, but a province level breakdown of case numbers has not been provided by the Chinese National Health Commission for 23 January 2020.
Please follow the links for PHE statement on coronavirus and advice to travellers:
- www.gov.uk – DHSC and PHE Statement on Coronavirus
- www.gov.uk – Wuhan Novel Coronavirus and Avian Flu Advice for travel to China