A monthly update on disease outbreaks around the world, from our Lead Nurse JO THOMPSON. 


COVID-19 Update:

  • The first case of Coronavirus was reported on 31 December 2019 in Wuhan city in China.  It has since spread worldwide.

  • As of 25th October 2020, there have been over 43 million confirmed cases of Coronavirus worldwide with over 1.1 million deaths.  

  • In the last 7 days in Europe, there has been a 33% increase in cases from the previous week

  • Travellers are reminded that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are travel and border restrictions, the FCO  advises British nationals against all but essential international travel to many locations.  These are under constant review. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. COVID free certificates may be required for entry to countries so please check the FCO website. Follow local Government guidance on COVID in each country.

  • COVID-19 is spread via droplets of saliva or discharge from your nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  Practice good respiratory etiquette and do not touch your face.

  • A reminder of the common symptoms: high fever, new continuous cough, loss of or change in normal sense of taste or smell.

  • Remember - HAND HYGIENE - Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas.  Use alcohol based hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to. 

  • Remember - RESPIRATORY HYGIENE - To reduce the spread of germs where a mask in public places. When you cough or sneeze, if not wearing a mask, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser. 

  • Remember - GENERAL HYGIENE - Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

  • Remember - KEEP DISTANCE - try to keep at least 2 metre away from people not in your household bubble

  • Please remember to follow your local Government guidelines on coronavirus precautions.

  • The UK government states -  If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for at least 10 days from when the symptoms started.  If your symptoms worsen or are no better after 10 days then contact NHS 111.  

An information sheet on COVID-19  is available to download here.  You can also visit our website for more resources related to COVID-19 here.

More information can be found here: WHONHSFCO.

Information from Travel Health Pro, World Health Organisation, Travax and Fit for Travel.