Dear members

This advice is a further update to that issued on January 27, and is on behalf of BSA and our partners, AEGIS and BAISIS.

Once again, BSA and our partners remind members that we are NOT a medical authority, nor is this guidance intended as legal advice, and any decisions by a school in this area should involve its own medical staff in conjunction with local GPs.

  1. How has the situation developed? Public Health England confirms that human to human transmission is occurring, and it also seems certain that the virus is infectious before symptoms appear, as indicated by experts in Germany among others. The World Health Organization has declared the Novel Coronavirus as a public health emergency of international concern. Chief Medical Officers have stated the risk to individuals remains low.

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