Update on Coronavirus - 12th March 2020
Update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - as of 12th March 2020
As of 11th March, there were 456 positive cases in the UK. There were 104 cases in London.
Currently there has been one confirmed case in Haringey.
If a child or adult has been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area and they are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, they should stay at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111.
At present there is no public health advice to restrict events, including events or trips, but as the situation is evolving this advice may change.
The focus in the UK is still on containment of the virus through identifying and testing people at risk to rapidly detect any potential cases.
The most important thing schools can do at present is to emphasise the importance of normal hand hygiene measures, while continuing with business as usual.
There are general principles that all should follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Anyone who feels unwell with either a cough, difficulty breathing or a fever should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting.
- Wash hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available.
- Covering mouth and nose with a tissue, or the sleeve if no tissue available, throwing the tissue away immediately. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using any regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of spreading the infection on to other people.
Guidance and Support
- Should there be a confirmed case that impacts our college population, we will be contacted by Public Health England who will assess the risk to the college population and provide practical advice and advise if closure is required.
- The Local Authority will also update immediately if there are any significant changes to the public health advice.
- All schools/colleges can direct questions and queries, including on individual cases where families or staff have recently travelled, to the local Public Health England Health Protection Team. Contact details are: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 3837 7084.
- There is also a Department for Education Helpline to direct queries to – 0800 046 8687 Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. Email DFE.email@example.com
We will keep this web page and our social media pages updated. Should there be any major changes we will inform all staff and students immediately.
Further advice and updates are also available on these sites:
- Public Health England
- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- The World Health Organisation
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
The government has launched a new helpline to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)