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Coronavirus update for employers: 12 March 2020

12 March 2020

The World Health Organization has labelled the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. It is anticipated the UK will soon switch to tactics aimed at delaying the spread of coronavirus, rather than containing it.

There are now 460 confirmed cases in the UK - 387 in England, 36 in Scotland, 18 in Northern Ireland and 19 in Wales. 

As of this morning Government advice remains that self-isolation is only necessary for those who have: 

Caroline Carr
Caroline Carr, Partner

  • Returned from a category 1 country (with or without symptoms);
  • Returned from a category 2 country (with symptoms);
  • Been in contact with a confirmed case; or
  • Been advised to self-isolate by their GP or NHS 111. 

NHS 111 now has an “online coronavirus service” which asks several questions and indicates whether a person needs to speak to 111 or potentially self-isolate.

This can be accessed here and is a useful tool for all employers in assessing what steps employees may have to take e.g. when they return from certain areas or are showing certain symptoms.

Contact: Caroline Carr Partner T: 0141 221 8012


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