THE UK's four chief medical officers have issued an update to coronavirus symptoms.

“From today, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia.

“Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell.

"It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

“We have been closely monitoring the emerging data and evidence on covid-19 and after thorough consideration, we are now confident enough to recommend this new measure.

“The individual’s household should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for seven days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste.”

The statement was issued by the chief medical officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton; the chief medical officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael McBride; the chief medical officer for Scotland, Dr Gregor; and the chief medical officer for England, professor Chris Whitty.