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The Coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China and as of the 30th of January 2020, the World Health Organisation declared it a global emergency. COVID-19 is rapidly spreading around the world, and the number of those countries infected is continuing to rise.

Signs and symptoms of the virus are similar to those of the flu, such as fever, severe coughing and shortness of breath. If Coronavirus is suspected, the patient must be isolated. This also means that if you come in to contact with someone suspected of having the virus, you must also isolate yourself, and any contact that may need to be made should be done by telephone, not face to face.

This is based on the information we have as of early February 2020, so please keep yourself updated on the current news. Viruses like these can mutate and situations can quickly change, so be sure to follow the most up-to-date guidelines.