26.02.2020

Corona Virus (COVID-19) Update

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Corona Virus (COVID-19) Update

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This update has specifically included a map of Italian areas of containment for EU visitors.

This update has been created in response to our client group having employees in locations that have confirmed cases of the COVID-19, referred to as the Corona Virus. Some employers may plan to send employee to areas where there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Cases have been confirmed in all continents of the world except Antarctica as of the time of this information. (26 February 2020)

COVID-19 is an ongoing and dynamic situation which is not predicted to be over within the next 3 – 6 months. Any advice issued in this article may become obsolete without notice.

For ongoing monitoring and efficacy of advice there are credible sources that employers can access which are detailed at the end of this article.

Some UK bound flights have led to quarantine procedures for those aboard for up to two weeks. Please consider this as part of your “need to travel” assessment of risk.

Should you or your employees be required to travel to countries where COVID-19 has been confirmed, there follows practical advice to follow:

There is no vaccine against this novel coronavirus. However, you should take precautions in order to minimise the risk of transmission including:

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water or a disinfectant, especially after coughing and sneezing, before handling and consuming food.
  • Use disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing and dispose of used tissues carefully and promptly.
  • Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and avoid sharing personal items.
  • Avoid visiting live bird and animal markets, backyard or commercial poultry farms and do not touch wild or domestic birds (alive or dead).
  • Avoid any contact with animals, birds or surfaces that may be contaminated with animal or bird droppings.
  • Do not eat or handle undercooked or raw meat including poultry, egg or duck dishes.
  • PHE recommends against using masks outside clinical settings. Should you decide to use a mask, you should ensure you continue to use all the recommended precautions in order to minimise the risk of transmission.
  • Travellers should be aware that direct flights inbound to the UK from countries or areas affected by COVID-19 may be subject to enhanced monitoring, including measures to provide advice to travellers if they feel unwell.
  • A number of countries have announced restrictions on entry for travellers from countries affected by COVID-19. Travellers should check the latest FCO travel advice (including entry requirements) for their destination and check with their airline/tour operator before travel.
    • Source: Travel Health Pro, 26 February 2020

 Once again, please be advised that COVID-19 is an active and dynamic health issue that is subject to changes in advice from authority sources such as the UK Government, World Health Organisation and NHS.

It is the duty of the employer to take reasonable and practical steps to ensure the health, safety and well-being of employees.

This memorandum should constitute an element of your risk assessment for travel during this time.

Source name

Why it is useful

Link

Travel Health Pro

Cited by UK Government to provide updates

https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/498/covid-19-update

 

UK Government

Contained COVID-19 Updates of “specified countries” with maps of containment areas.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas?utm_source=189e5646-3f5f-464b-8f84-100290e8caac&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

 

UK Government

Specified areas guidance on returning to UK

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

 

Foreign Office

Specific areas to avoid

Map (25 February 2020)


If you would like to understand your duties as an employer in relation to employee travel, you can contact us for free on 0330 0948 848
  • Health & Safety Advisory
  • NHS
  • Italy
  • travel management
  • coronavirus
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