Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for MDC UK and Ireland Province as of 9th March 2020

As a law abiding political party whose ethos is caring for the welfare of its members and citizens at large. It is in our best interest to follow advice from Public Health England as it evolves.

The decision on public gatherings is going to be made today (9th March 2020) at the emergency cobra meeting. Meanwhile it is advisable to reduce our public gatherings.

It is also advisable that fellow members who are unwell suffering from coughs , colds , sore throat , breathing problems must not attend our meetings but must seek help from NHS 111.

Any traveller who is coming or returning to the UK must not attend our gatherings but must seek advice from NHS 111 online advice toolkit.

It is also recommended that we take usual infection prevention precautions including:
* Washing hands often with soap and water.
* Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
* If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend our MDC meetings
* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
* Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
We must also avoid handshaking as it increases the chances of spreading the infection.

Travellers returning to UK from certain countries listed below should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. They should call 111 to be advised on what next to do or use the NHS 111 online advice tool.
They should NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Advice for people returning to the UK and travellers to the UK
You may need to get medical advice if you’ve recently travelled to the UK from somewhere with a higher risk of coronavirus.
These places are:
* Cambodia
* China
* Hong Kong
* Iran
* Italy
* Japan
* Laos
* Macau
* Malaysia
* Myanmar (Burma)
* Singapore
* South Korea
* Taiwan
* Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
* Thailand
* Vietnam
If you’ve been to one of these places in the last 14 days, find out what to do using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

Dr Brighton Chireka
MDC UK and Ireland Province
Secretary for Health