Coronavirus: Updated information and advice

New advice was issued by the Government on March 16 advising against "non-essential" travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday people should work from home and avoid pubs, club, theatres where possible, as part of a range of stringent new measures.

Anyone in the same house as someone who has a cough or fever will also have to isolate for 14 days, he said.

Government advice, via the BBC, is as follows:

  • All elderly and vulnerable people must also begin self-isolating within days.
  • Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres
  • Everyone should work from home if they can
  • All "unnecessary" visits to friends and relatives in care homes should cease
  • People should only use the NHS "where we really need to" - and can reduce the burden on workers by getting advice on the NHS website where possible
  • By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be "largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks"
  • The UK is now "three weeks" behind Italy - the worst-hit country in Europe
  • If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days
  • Those people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house "even to buy food or essentials" - but they may leave the house "for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others"
  • Schools will not be closed for the moment

There will be further updates to follow.

What are the signs and symptoms?

The symptoms include cough, shortness of breath and a high temperature. Given these are common symptoms with other illness, this makes identifying coronavirus difficult.

How do we reduce the spread?

  • To reduce spread, ensuring regular washing of hands with soap and water is key.
  • Hand sanitiser could be used if soap and water is not available.
  • If coughing or sneezing, do this into a tissue and dispose of immediately following by re-washing hands.
  • Do not get too close to people who appear unwell.
  • Avoid travelling to countries that are high risk due to high incidence of the infection.

If an individual suspects coronavirus what should be done?

  • If an individual suspect they may have coronavirus, they should avoid going to hospital or a clinic to avoid possible spread.
  • They should self-isolate for 14-days, even with mild symptoms.
  • Anyone in the same house as someone who has a cough or fever should isolate for 14 days
  • They should contact 111 to discuss their concerns and to ensure that appropriate testing can be carried out if required.
  • If you need to self-isolate then click the button below for further advice.

What should clubs/organisations/players do?

Basketball England has taken the decision to cancel all affiliated basketball activity for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

Full statement HERE