UPDATE: With recent reports stating that you can have the virus and not show any of the known signs; it now makes it harder to protect ourselves, our families and others. Even so, please be reminded of the known signs of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Previous info: The main signs of infection are fever (high temperature) and a cough as well as shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Frequent hand washing with soap or gel, avoiding close contact with people who are ill and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, can help cut the risk of infection.
Catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, binning it and washing your hands can minimise the risk of spreading disease.
Anyone experiencing symptoms, even if mild, after travelling from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau, is advised to stay indoors and call the NHS 111 phone service.
Earlier, Prof Cosford, from Public Health England, said people returning to the UK from travelling abroad could bring in further cases of coronavirus.
There were a number of “countries of concern”, he said.
Prof Neil Ferguson, infectious disease expert from Imperial College London, told the BBC he thought new cases of the virus could still rise.
“I think we’re in the early phases of a global pandemic at the moment,” he said.
Prof Ferguson added it was likely that only one in three cases coming into the UK was being picked up.
The overall number of infections is more than 44,000 on mainland China , with cases in more than 20 countries.
The World Health Organization said the number of newly-confirmed cases reported in China had stabilised, but it cautioned that the virus remained a threat.
“This outbreak could still go in any direction,” director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a briefing on Wednesday.
He said the WHO was developing a masterplan to tackle the virus, which would look at diagnostics and treatments.
A vaccine could be ready for human trials in three months from now, the briefing was told.
In Spain, the world’s largest mobile phone showcase, Mobile World Congress, due to be held in Barcelona from 24 to 27 February, has been cancelled over coronavirus concerns .
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization saidthe official name for the disease caused by the coronavirus is Covid-19 .
UPDATE: As of today February 28, 2020, over 83,000 cases were reported and over 2800 reported deaths.