Novel Coronavirus Update

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Last updated 24 February 2020

Resources will continue to be updated in coming days and weeks as the situation evolves.


Updated fact sheets from the Australian Department of Health

Current Situation

  • There has been an outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) originating in Wuhan, China.
  • There is some evidence of human-to-human transmission and some hospital workers have been infected.
  • Health authorities have identified cases of novel coronavirus in Australia in January 2020.
  • Currently in Australia, people most at risk of contracting the virus are people who have: been in mainland China recently or been in close contact with someone who is has a confirmed case of coronavirus

Key Points

  • Consider novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in patients with fever and respiratory symptoms who recently travelled to anywhere in China but in particular Wuhan, China.
  • Investigate and manage patients for respiratory illness using standard practices.
  • For severe respiratory illness, transfer to Emergency Departments for investigation.
  • Contact your State/Territory Public Health Unit or Communicable Disease Branch for advice on suspected cases including diagnostic testing and specimen collection.


Additional information   

  • Additional resources can be found on the Department of Health’s website, including posters that can be used in health facilities and factsheets that can be provided to patients:
  • For local SA Health information visit the SA Health  website:
  • For additional information on novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) visit the World Health Organization website: