UK warns against travelling to Italian coronavirus towns

Henrietta Brewer
February 27, 2020

"If people have been to the affected areas that the Italian government has quarantined, then they should self-isolate whether or not they have symptoms", Hancock said.

Britons returning to the United Kingdom from northern Italy are being told to stay at home for 14 days, as part of a policy change from Britain's health department amid fears of Coronavirus contagion.

He again warned: "In terms of going to Italy as a whole we haven't changed that travel advice".

"The overall volume of reported cases is very low globally; however, it is important that travellers follow the latest public health advice relating to the specific destination and locations they are travelling to".

Britons getting back from northern Italy are being informed to self-isolate in the event that they present Coronavirus signs, the BBC stories.

Mr Hancock said 7,132 people in Britain have been tested for coronavirus.

Of these, 13 have tested positive and eight have since been discharged from hospital.

"We have the procedures her and the containment is going well but it is my job to be anxious, and that is what you expect of a Health Secretary in the middle of what is a global outbreak".

We expect more cases here.

"It is not yet clear that it will become a pandemic - the number of cases in China has been slowing over the last couple of weeks and we are relatively confident that information is correct".

Responding to the news, ABTA said: "While these towns are not considered to be popular tourist areas among United Kingdom holidaymakers, if the towns are part of a holiday itinerary, customers imminently due to travel should speak to their travel provider".

"There is a good chance that we contain this at this sort of level where the number of cases - although we expect more cases in the United Kingdom - the number of cases is relatively low as now".

The number of Coronavirus infections in Italy has reached 283, mainly in the north of the country, with seven deaths from complications arising from contracting the virus. Border controls are starting in Europe as authorities are scrambling to contain the outbreak, Austria has assembled a task force to consider border controls.

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