Novel coronavirus

31 January 2020
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The Department of Health and Human Services is aware of cases of a novel coronavirus, referred to as 2019-nCoV, associated with Hubei Province, including Wuhan City, China.

This virus can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness.

Symptoms include fever with a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. Cases of this coronavirus have now been reported in some other Chinese provinces and several other countries.

Anyone who has travelled in the past 14 days to Hubei Province, including Wuhan City, or is a close contact of a confirmed case is asked to:

  • self-isolate at home and avoid public settings for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province
  • seek medical assistance if you become unwell during this time.

Call the Department of Health and Human Service’s dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398 if you develop these symptoms. This hotline is serviced by Nurse-on-Call.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

Advice to those who may have been exposed to novel coronavirus or experiencing symptoms is updated and available on the DHHS website in Chinese and English.