In response to the recent incident at the QEII Centre they have issued the following statement and policy on Coronavirus:
"We have spoken to Public Health England today and they have said the risk to any delegates who attended the same conference as the delegate on 6 February who became ill is very low however they have all been written to as a precautionary measure. On the advice of Public Health England the Centre remains open and events will continue to take place as normal. Public Health England have not expressed any concern regarding events that have subsequently taken place in the building"
The QEII Centre received information from Public Health England on Thursday 13 February 2020 that a delegate who had attended the 6th Annual Bus Summit at the venue on Thursday 6 February 2020 is a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We can confirm this is not the individual reported in the press who travelled to the hospital in an Uber.
Public Health England have stated that the risk of exposure or transmission to other delegates at the 6th Annual Bus Summit is low. However, as a precaution, Public Health England has informed QEII that it is contacting all attendees via event organiser, Transport Times.
On the advice of Public Health England, The QEII Centre remains fully open and events will continue to take place as normal.
We would like to reassure you that The QEII Centre takes the health and safety of its clients, staff and partners very seriously and in addition to the business's existing, thorough health and safety and hygiene practices, is following updated advice from the UK Government and Public Health England.
All QEII staff have been advised if they develop symptoms of a cough or fever or shortness of breath, they should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, as you would with the flu and call NHS 111. We appreciate the heightened concerns surrounding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in public areas so wanted to reassure you and highlight the key precautions we continue to take to ensure your wellbeing.
Three main symptoms have been reported by China and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to date:
• Fever, Cough or chest tightness, Shortness of breath
In addition to the above we are actively sharing our best practice which should be shared with your delegates to reduce the chance of transmission.
Know the routes of transmission
Travelling to and arriving at the QEII Centre
How to protect yourself
Keep your hands away from your face, particularly your eyes and nose