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Coronavirus – Updated Advice 25th Feb to all Early Years Providers, Schools and Further Education Providers

Date: 25th February 2020

Dear Headteacher,

Re: COVID–19 Advice for schools and educational settings

 You may be aware that advice for travellers from affected areas has recently changed and it has come to our attention that this may affect children and staff returning from school trips. Please be aware that this is a fast evolving situation and we will continue to share any new advice at the earliest opportunity.

 As of today (25th February) advice for returning travellers is as follows;

 1) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19, call NHS111 to inform them of your recent travel, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:


  • ·Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy* as designated by the Government of Italy
  • Daegu or Cheongdo, Republic of Korea
  • Hubei province, China (returned in the past 14 days)
  • Bertonico • Casalpusterlengo • Castelgerundo • Castiglione D'Adda • Codogno • Fombio • Maleo • San Fiorano • Somaglia • Terranova dei Passerini: • Vo



2) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.


  • Northern Italy
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar 


3) If you have returned to the UK from any of the following areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, call NHS 111 to inform them of
your recent travel to the country.


  • Other parts of China outside Hubei province
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau


Further guidance for educational settings has been published at the following links and will be updated as soon as possible with the above advice and any further changes: :https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19


Information for the public: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public


Yours sincerely


Helen McAuslane

Consultant in Health Protection

Public Health England

25 Feb 2020

Patsy Lyttle
Leeds for Learning
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