Health authorities in Jersey and Guernsey are keeping a close eye on coronavirus and are reassuring islanders they are prepared.
Authorities in Jersey are going to meet again to review the risk of coronavirus to islanders, and Guernsey say they are in a good position to respond to any developments.
The news comes as four people in Scotland are being tested for suspected coronavirus after travelling to the country from Wuhan, China.
But what exactly is coronavirus, and does it pose a risk to people in the Channel Islands?
- What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that range from a common cold right through to more severe diseases.
- How has it spread?
On New Year's Eve the World Health Organisation was informed of pneumonia cases detected without cause in Wuhan City, China. Within a few days coronavirus had been detected and linked to a Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan City.
By 23 January 571 cases have been reported. 95 of these cases are severe and so far 17 people have died.
Most cases are in China, however 11 cases have been found elsewhere in Asia. One person has been diagnosed with the coronavirus in America.
People arriving from the region to UK airports are now being screened for the virus.
- Am I at risk?
If you have visited the Wuhan region and develop flu like symptoms you should speak to a doctor and mention that you have traveled to the area.
- Are the Channel Islands prepared?
Guernsey say they are in a ‘good position’ to respond to any developments.
Jersey say they are monitoring the situation closely.