Dear members

This week’s Covid-19 communication covers:

  1. New update as of 2.3.20
  2. Link to previous advice.

As ever the update is issued by BSA in conjunction with our partners AEGIS and BAISIS. BSA reminds all schools that it is not a medical, statutory or legal authority.

A.1: Containment
Matters have moved on very quickly from last week:

  • Downing Street said a UK-wide action plan to tackle coronavirus, agreed at today’s emergency Cobra meeting, would be published on Tuesday.
  • Public Health England (PHE) said widespread transmission of coronavirus in the UK was now “highly likely”.
  • The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention ECDC today publishes a rapid risk assessment on the novel coronavirus situation in Europe. It states: “The risk of widespread sustained transmission of COVID-19 in EU/EEA and UK in the coming weeks is moderate to high, with more countries expected to report more cases and clusters.”

Given the speed with which matters developed in countries such as Italy and South Korea, schools should continue to prepare actively for the next phase. No BSA school has as yet reported an actual case to us, but several schools have needed to initiate precautionary isolation of some pupils or staff. We are also aware that some schools which have contacted NHS 111 are still awaiting call backs.

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