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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 26 February 2020

Posted on 26 February 2020

Update on coronavirus - change in guidance for travellers

Specific lockdown areas in northern Italy

The UK Chief Medical Officers are now advising anyone who has returned from the lockdown areas in northern Italy since 19 February to call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms.

Travellers from the rest of northern Italy

If you have returned from other parts of northern Italy 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 as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.

Keep updated

The situation continues to change. For the latest government information and advice for all travel areas visit

And please remember, if you are told by NHS 111 to self-isolate:

  • students should email and let them know
  • staff members should alert their department.