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Update on Coronavirus

This is the latest from Public Health England A new surveillance system to detect cases of COVID-19 in England has been established by Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS to strengthen existing systems and to prepare for and prevent wider transmission of the virus. There is no current evidence to show that the virus is circulating in the community in England, but internationally there is evidence of wider transmission of the virus in areas outside of China, most recently Italy and South Korea.

Date: 27th February 2020

The UKs Point-Based Immigration System Policy Statement

The Government have published their policy statement that underpins and articulates the aims and objectives of the new points-based immigration system, which they intend to have in place by 31 January 2021.  There is far more detail to follow but the 12-page policy statement sets out the principles, clarifies the direction and sets the tone.

Date: 19th February 2020

Nigel Huddleston MP named as fifth Tourism Minister since 2017

Huddleston, MP for Mid Worcestershire since 2015, said he was "delighted" to join the DCMS as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage. He said: "Can't wait to get started in this fantastic, busy department that has such a positive impact on so many people's lives." As well as the sport, tourism and heritage brief Huddleston will continue as a government whip for DCMS.

Date: 18th February 2020

Another year another new Culture Secretary

As expected, we have a new Culture Secretary, following Nicky Morgan's stint at chair warming since the General Election, and her elevation to the House of Lords.  Oliver Dowden CBE MP has been appointed Culture Secretary.  He is one of the well-regarded and high-flying intake from 2015 (MP for Hertsmere), having been appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office in 2018 before being promoted to Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General in July 2019 when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister.

Date: 13th February 2020


As of Thursday 30 January 2020, based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public in the UK from low to ‘moderate’. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals in the UK has not changed at this stage. Public Health England has confirmed that two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus. The patients are receiving specialist NHS care, and the NHS is using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus. Read the statement here -https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cmo-confirms-cases-of-coronavirus-in-england The TMI will keep you updated with the latest news.  Please follow us on Twitter    You can also find us on Facebook

Date: 1st February 2020

Overseas travel and tourism: October 2019 provisional results

Overseas travel and tourism: October 2019 provisional results published by the ONS Visits to the UK by overseas residents, visits abroad by UK residents and spending by travellers, using provisional passenger traffic data.

Date: 30th January 2020