Following the outbreak of Coronavirus in mainland China earlier this year, we are continuing to monitor the spread of the virus, and the implications this will have for businesses, visitors and and employees in the West End.
Based on the World Health Organisation’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities.
The Home Office have set up a dedicated coronavirus immigration helpline – Telephone: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk
Please see below links to the latest Government information and advice on Coronavirus:
- 27 January: Foreign Office statement: British nationals in Hubei Province
- 31 January: Statement from Public Health England
- 3 February: Wuhan novel coronavirus and avian flu: advice for travel to China
- 3 February: VisitBritain Wuhan Novel Coronavirus Update
- 4 February: Statement from the Foreign Secretary
- 4 February: FCO’s travel advice website for China
- 18 February: Public Health England: Latest information on Coronavirus
- 18 February: Department for Transport issued guidance for staff in the transport sector
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Central Hate Crime Hub have identified a number of hate crimes being targeted toward the Chinese community amidst the epidemic. Given the severity of the situation, MPS have said that this is likely to continue. If you see any inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour, MPS recommend referring victims to CATCH, who can offer support.