The government has updated travel advice to urge anyone coming back from anywhere in Italy to the UK to self-isolate if they start showing even mild symptoms of coronavirus.
This could include a cough, fever or signs of muscle ache.
Updated advice also urged anyone returning from ‘lockdown’ areas in the north of the country in the past two weeks to self-isolate – even if they are showing no symptoms at all.
The NHS advice said: ‘If you have returned from Italy in the last 14 days and develop symptoms, however mild, you should self-isolate and call NHS 111.
‘If you have returned from specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy in the last 14 days, you should call NHS 111 and self-isolate even if you do not have symptoms.’
The PM said that other than a change in advice regarding Italy people should not alter their plans.
‘Obviously there’s been a change of advice on Italy, I believe, but basically (we’re) saying wash your hands and business as usual,’ he said.
England’s Chief Medical Officer professor Chris Whitty said: ‘The situation in Italy means that we have decided it is prudent at this point to move from a geographical area of north Italy… to a geographical situation for all of Italy.
‘The pattern of what people do is exactly the same as before. It’s about people from those areas, except for the cities which the Italian government specifies in lockdown, all other areas, only people who have got symptoms need to self isolate.’
It comes as the number of cases of the new disease in the UK jumped to 115, with another 25 people testing positive in 24 hours.