KEY PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE
(B) ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY PUBLIC AUTHORITIES
1 This letter updates the advice given in my letter of 6 February to all NI Departments and their public authorities, to reflect the recent changes in the case definition including reference to northern Italy. This letter supersedes the letter of 6 February. The purpose is to enable all NI Executive Departments and public authorities to prepare to respond to any and all potential eventualities arising from the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It is essential that all Departments are assured that proportionate, appropriate and efficient arrangements are in place that are consistent with the key public health messages about novel coronavirus.
2 Each NI Department is asked to ensure that the letter is distributed to each public authority that they sponsor, including schools.