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Coronavirus: British Nationals Abroad

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 23559, tabled on 2 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is (a) monitoring the temperature of, (b) distributing relevant literature to and (c) carrying out health checks on all those returning to the UK from countries with high numbers of confirmed cases of covid-19.

Answered on

11 March 2020

Public Health England (PHE) is not routinely carrying out health checks or monitoring the temperatures of passengers returning from countries with high numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

PHE is working closely with airlines and airport operators to ensure they have posters and leaflets reflecting the latest advice on COVID-19 to make sure passengers know what the symptoms are and what to do if they get them. As well as English, these materials are being provided in eight additional languages from affected areas to ensure this support and advice can be given to non-English speakers at airports. These materials are available at all international airports, ports and international train stations. The Department for Transport is responsible for ensuring the visibility of these materials.

In addition, enhanced monitoring is currently in place for all direct flights from areas affected outside of Europe which includes China, including Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Republic of South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

COVID-19 posters is available at the following link:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101/resources/4992

General PHE advice on COVID-19 is updated regularly and can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public