GPs have been ordered to ask all patients with a cough or fever about their recent travel.
NHS guidance aimed at limiting the spread of the deadly coronavirus says doctors must immediately isolate sick individuals who visited China.
4 A woman arrives at London Heathrow from China on Thursday wearing a face mask Credit: SWNS:South West News Service
4 Health warnings have been posted around the UK’s airports Credit: Simon Jones – The Sun
Contact should be limited and consultation rooms closed off — with critically ill patients to be quarantined in hospital.
Nose and throat samples must be sent to labs for tests and if a patient is confirmed to have coronavirus they will be transferred to specialist isolation units in London, Liverpool or
Patients calling NHS 111 will also hear a new recorded message encouraging them to report any flu-like symptoms if they have travelled to China.
Public Health England has upgraded the risk to the population from coronavirus from “very low” to “low”.
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice for those heading to China, urging caution.
It warned: “In light of the latest medical information, we are now advising against all but essential travel to
“British nationals travelling to China should remain vigilant and check our travel advice on gov.uk.”
4 Medics attend to a patient suspected to have been struck down by coronavirus in Hong Kong Credit: Reuters
4 One of the patients is being treated at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow Credit: Alamy
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