Guidance on the current Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV) outbreak

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Last update - 14/02/2020

The Wuhan novel coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly changing situation and individuals should check official sources of guidance (linked below) for the most up-to-date advice.

Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against:

  • all travel to Hubei Province, including Wuhan city.
  • all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao).  

The most recent advice can be found on the FCO website. Travel information is also available on the TravelHealthPro and FitForTravel websites. The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England has released information and guidance in relation to the current situation and what symptoms to look out for - DHSC and PHE statement on coronavirus. Up-to-date information on the situation in Scotland is published here at 2pm daily.


Advice to travellers arriving 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:

  • Self-isolate, even if you have no symptoms - stay in your room, flat or home and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu guidance on self-isolation.
  • Call NHS 24 on 111, and inform them of your recent travel to the country.
  • Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus. 
  • You must not go to the GP (doctors) surgery or hospital without calling ahead first.
  • If you are seriously unwell and require urgent treatment dial 999.
  • There is no charge to overseas visitors for the diagnosis and treatment of the Wuhan Coronavirus.

Advice to travellers arriving from elsewhere in mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macao

These countries have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. If you have returned from these countries into the UK in the last 14 days, and develop symptoms (even if they are mild) of cough, fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • Self-isolate - stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu guidance on self-isolation.
  • Call NHS 24 on 111, and inform them of your recent travel to the country.
  • You must not go to the GP (doctors) surgery or hospital without calling ahead first.
  • There is no charge to overseas visitors for the diagnosis and treatment of the Wuhan Coronavirus.

Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.


Advice for the General Public

For information on the Wuhan Coronavirus, the public should follow the updated advice from NHS Inform.

If you do not have symptoms and are looking for general information on the Wuhan Coronavirus, a free helpline has been set up on 0800 028 2816.

The helpline is open:
Monday to Friday: 8am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 5pm

Practical hygiene measures

You can reduce your risk of acquiring and spreading respiratory infections by practising good hygiene, such as:

  • avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth
  • maintaining good hand hygiene: 
    - washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or alcohol hand sanitiser, after coughing or sneezing, after going to the toilet, and prior to eating and drinking
  • when coughing or sneezing cover your nose and mouth with disposable tissues and disposing of them in nearest waste bin after use

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There are currently no confirmed cases in Scotland, and the risk to the public remains low. We will continue to take advice from Health Protection Scotland and the NHS Tayside Health Protection Team - and other appropriate bodies such as the Scottish Government - and this page will be updated with any new guidance.