A monthly update on disease outbreaks around the world, from our Lead Nurse JO THOMPSON.
- The first case of Coronavirus was reported on 31 December 2019 in Wuhan city in China. It has since spread worldwide.
- As of 28th May 2021, there have been 168, 599, 045 confirmed cases of Coronavirus worldwide with over 3.5 million deaths. With 1, 545 967 545 vaccines administered globally.
- There has been a rapid increase in cases and deaths in India with a new variant.
- Travellers are reminded that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel to many locations. These are under constant review. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. COVID free certificates may be required for entry to countries so please check the FCO website. Follow local Government guidance on COVID in each country.
- The UK Government have set up a Global Travel Taskforce which has made recommendations including the launch of the new traffic light system for International travel. More information here including red list countries. Border controls are changing very quickly.
- COVID-19 is spread via droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Practice good respiratory etiquette and do not touch your face.
- A reminder of the common symptoms: high fever, new continuous cough, loss of or change in normal sense of taste or smell.
- Remember – HAND HYGIENE – Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas. Use alcohol based hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
- Remember – RESPIRATORY HYGIENE – To reduce the spread of germs where a mask in public places. When you cough or sneeze, if not wearing a mask, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser.
- Remember – GENERAL HYGIENE – Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
- Remember – KEEP DISTANCE – try to keep at least 2 metre away from people not in your household bubble
- Remember – VENTILATION – try open windows where able, to limit transmission.
- Please remember to follow your local Government guidelines on coronavirus precautions.
- If you are in the UK:
- The UK government states – If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for at least 10 days from when the symptoms started. If you live with others then all your household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. If your symptoms worsen or are no better after 10 days then contact NHS 111.
- If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 then please arrange for a test via NHS.uk or phone 119.
Ebola Outbreak in DRC
- The ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak that began in February 2021 in North Kivi Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was declared over on 3 May 2021. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus WHO Director General congratulated all involved in bringing the outbreak to an end.
- This was DRC’s twelfth EVD outbreak, in which there were 12 cases, 6 of whom died.