Coronavirus COVID-19: Latest Information & Advice

Updated: 25th February 2020

Global Picture - headlines

  • As of 24 February, a total of 6,536 people have been tested in the UK, of which 6,527 were confirmed negative and 9 positive. (These figures do not include the 4 confirmed cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship who arrived in the UK and received test results in Japan. These will be included once we receive the UK tests for these patients).
  • Globally as of 24 February at 10.00am there are 79,469 cases of which 77,150 are in China, 833 are in South Korea and 164 are in Italy. The fatalities to date are 2,622 (of which the following are outside China: Hong Kong SAR (2), Iran (12), Cases on Diamond Princess Cruise ship (2), Italy (3), Japan (1), Taiwan (1), France (1), Philippines (1) Republic of Korea (7)).
  • The World Health Organisation shared key findings from their Covid-19 China report on Twitter which finds that "The COVID19 epidemic peaked and plateaued between the 23rd of January & the 2nd of February and has been declining steadily since then."
  • At the current time, the WHO assessment is that we are not experiencing a Covid-19 pandemic.

Business Meetings & Events Industry

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise outside of the UK the risk to our sector, being at the forefront of the UK hospitality industry, increases.

It is with this in mind that the MIA continues to seek out advice and support to help venue operators.

Currently there is no government department advice available for the sector  however the Department of Transport has issued guidance for staff in transport and much of this seems transferable to the business tourism sector:


Other Advice and Updates Available

  • Advice for those returning to the UK/ visiting the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau remains the same. Visitors and those returning from these areas should consult the latest advice from the Department of Health and Social Care on actions to take if you develop symptoms.