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Information for Health and Social Care

The UK response to the COVID-19 incident has been agreed between the four country CMOs and guidance has been developed jointly with input from Public Health Wales. The guidance provided or linked from this page is the guidance that should be followed in Wales.

COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus was first described in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the WHO on the 30th January 2020. The UK launched its Coronavirus action plan on the 3rd March, initially aiming for containment of the virus through isolation of suspected cases, testing and contact tracing. Suspected cases were identified through their travel history to listed countries already affected by the virus. On the 11th March, the WHO characterised the outbreak as a pandemic. 

Due to the constant evolution of our understanding about COVID-19 disease, guidance is constantly reviewed and updated. You are advised to check the links below regularly for the most up to date information.

Management of cases

Note that as of 19th March 2020 COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious diseases (HCID) in the UK

Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) 

The UK COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) guidance has been developed jointly by the Devolved Administrations (Public Health Wales on behalf of Wales) and Public Health England (PHE), NHS England & NHS Improvement. 

The Royal College of Nursing, other Royal Colleges and professional societies were also consulted.

Sustained community transmission of COVID-19 is currently occurring across the UK

Primary Care and Social Care


National Safeguarding Team (NHS Wales)


Additional guidance