Department For Transport
On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. On 12 January 2020, it was announced that a novel coronavirus had been identified in samples obtained from cases and that initial analysis of virus genetic sequences suggested that this was the cause of the outbreak.
An assessment has been undertaken of the overarching health and safety risks presented to staff by the current spread of a novel coronavirus; COVID-19.
This advice is based on Public Health England (PHE) guidance and is intended to supplement existing health and safety control measures. It should be read in conjunction with existing risk assessments and safe systems of work. It remains the responsibility of individual employers to provide appropriate risk-based guidance to their own staff.