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Italy and Iran Added To Coronavirus-Hit Countries

People returning from around a dozen towns in northern Italy are being told to self-isolate to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Jersey's Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ivan Muscat, is expecting a spike in referrals for testing because of islanders returning from the half-term holidays.

“Our clinicians are working hard to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and we can all play our part by following advice. We should self-isolate where appropriate, call the helpline and not turn up unannounced at the GP’s surgery or Emergency Department, and practice basic hygiene.

“Washing hands regularly, ensuring surface and touch-surface hygiene, and using tissues when we cough and sneeze plays a critical role in minimising the spread of viruses like this.”

The 11 Italian towns affected cover two regions:

  • Bertonico, Lombardy
  • Castelgerundo, Lombardy
  • Castiglione d’Adda, Lombardy
  • Casalpusterlengo, Lombardy
  • Codogno, Lombardy
  • Fombio, Lombardy
  • Maleo, Lombardy
  • San Fiorano, Lombardy
  • Somaglia, Lombardy
  • Terranova dei Passerini, Lombardy
  • Vo’ Euganeo, Veneto

229 cases have been confirmed in the country so far.

Anyone returning Mainland China is still being advised to self-isolate, as well as a number of other countries - called 'Category 1' by Public Health England if flu-like symptoms are present:

  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

Last week, the Health Department has set up a 'Coronavirus hotline' for anyone worried they could be affected. You can call 01534 445566 between 8:30am and 11pm.

Anyone who develops a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days of returning from one of the Coronavirus-hit areas is being asked to call the helpline to arrange a test.

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