Anyone returning to the UK from parts of northern Italy now on lockdown because of coronavirus must self-isolate, the chief medical officer has said.
The government has updated its travel advice to say anyone returning from specific areas should stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and call NHS 111 – even if they do not have symptoms.
People returning from the wider region – anywhere above but not including Pisa, Florence and Rimini – who do have flu-like symptoms must also self-isolate.
The latest advice could impact people returning from half-term skiing holidays.
So far 13 people in the UK have tested positive for COVID-19; the latest four were travellers rescued from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship in Japan.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he didn’t think any Britons were trapped in the areas being quarantined by the Italian government but the “significant outbreak” of cases there was “worrying”.
“I’m pretty worried,” he told Sky News’ Kay Burley@Breakfast. “We’ve got the plans in place. At the moment the containment here is going well, but it’s my job to be worried.