More than 100 people have been tested in Wales for coronavirus, but confirmed cases have not been confirmed so far.
The outbreak of the coronavirus in China has killed over 1,300 people and the virus has been reported in 20 countries around the world.
A statement was made by the Chief Medical Officer for Wales, dr. Frank Atherton, who states that the risk to the public “remains moderate”.
Tests have now started at the University Hospital of Wales rather than in England.
“So far more than 100 people have been tested in Wales and so far we have had no confirmed cases.
“I wrote to the NHS earlier this week advising on the importance of immediate implementation of community assessment and testing services and the creation of Coronavirus test units separate from emergency departments.”
He said people with mild symptoms should remain self-isolated at home where they will be met by trained clinical professionals who can assess their health and undertake the necessary tests.
“Coronavirus test units will ensure that people who come to our acute hospitals because of concerns that are at risk can receive a rapid assessment in an area separate from the emergency departments.
“Both measures benefit people without affecting the daily services provided by our NHS,” he said.
In a further Twitter statement, Public Health Wales said that “There are no confirmed cases in Wales, although Wales are likely to see cases at some point.”
He added that the diagnostic tests for the novel Coronavirus had been developed in the specialized facility of Public Health Wales at the University of Wales Cardiff Hospital and were performed by trained specialists. “
It turned out that one of the people diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK attended a conference in central London with 250 delegates from the national bus and transportation sector.
The person, who has not been named, attended the UK Bus Summit at the QEII Center in Westminster on February 6.
Transport Times, the conference organizer, emailed attendees on Thursday afternoon informing them that a person confirmed that he had coronavirus – also known as Covid-19 – had been present at the event.
Dr Yimmy Chow, health protection consultant at Public Health England (PHE), said: “One of our main priorities has been to identify all the people we think have been in close contact with confirmed Covid-19 cases to provide advice on public health, as they may have a slightly higher risk of contracting the virus.
“Although the degree of contact that the delegates from the contact conference had on the case was unlikely to have been significant, we took a precautionary approach and informed them of the situation.”
What is the advice for travelers?
All travelers who develop flu-like symptoms, however mild (these symptoms could be fever, cough or breathing difficulties) within 14 days of returning from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau should self-isolate themselves immediately and call NHS Direct Wales or 111 if available in their area.
It is important to note that travelers from Wuhan and Hubei province should self-isolate for 14 days, even if they show no symptoms, due to the increased risk from that area.
The public can help reduce the chances of any respiratory virus spreading. The advice is to take it, pick it up, kill it and wash your hands.