Coronavirus: What do landlords need to know
The Government has confirmed that there are currently eight patients in England who have tested positive for coronavirus.
The current medical advice being issued is that anyone who has travelled into the country from the countries listed below in the last 14 days and is experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough or fever should remain indoors and call NHS 111 even if symptoms are mild.
- mainland China
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
People who have travelled from the city of Wuhan or Hubei Province in China are advised to remain at home for 14 days after arrival and avoid contact with other people, as you would with flu, even if you have no symptoms. In England and Wales, contact NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area, or in Scotland contact your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.
The Government advise the public to take simple measures such as avoiding close contact with other people, like they would if the person was experiencing the common flu.
Individuals can also help stop the spread of germs by following simple hygiene practice, such as catching coughs and sneezes in tissues and disposing of them; washing hands regularly with soap and water, especially after using public transport; and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Should I be concerned about tenants’ exposure to coronavirus?
The Government has confirmed that the risk to individuals in the UK remains low.
Based on current official guidelines, landlords do not need to take any specific action regarding tenants’ exposure to coronavirus. The Government has remained vigilant in identifying and tracing potential carriers of the virus and has established isolation wards across the country to maximise the chances of containment.
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