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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

If you have travelled to a coronavirus risk area recently, your ability to give blood might be affected.

10 February 2020

We are well prepared to deal with new diseases and using our plans enable us to respond to an evolving situation.

We are monitoring the coronavirus situation and working with partner agencies to put in place proportionate measures where necessary.

There are no confirmed cases of any form of coronavirus being transmitted through the donation of substances of human origin such as blood, organs, tissues and stem cells.

There are now extra deferrals in place for the countries - even if you have not left the airport - where there is a known risk of coronavirus.

They include recent travel to and via:

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy (Northern Italy – ask for more information)
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam


There are deferrals already in place for some of these countries for other reasons and in some cases these may be for longer than the coronavirus deferral.