As of 1 February 2020, the case definition for a person suspected to have contracted novel coronavirus has been expanded. Any person who has an acute respiratory infection and has been in mainland China or had close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the 14 days prior to onset of illness should be tested for the infection.
- As a precaution, people who have been in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong SAR, Macau and Taiwan) are advised to self-isolate if they were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020, when the risk of human to human transmission across many provinces of mainland China was identified to have significantly increased. The requirement to self-isolate continues to apply to people who have been in Hubei Province, China, for 14 days after they left Hubei Province.
- If a person who has been in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 begins to feel unwell and develop shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness during the 14 days since they were last in mainland China, they should seek medical attention. Call ahead to your GP or emergency department and mention your travel to mainland China.
- The Australian Government has announced travel restrictions and has advised that visitors from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents or their families will not be allowed entry into Australia. The Australian Government has also recommended that Australians should not travel to mainland China at the current time.
- This is a rapidly changing situation. Please go to: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus for updates.
- Anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV should also self-isolate at home until 14 days after their last contact.
- The department has now confirmed four cases of novel coronavirus in Victoria.
- The department has updated guidelines to health services and general practitioners, with modifications to the case definition and exclusion recommendations.
Before visiting a GP or emergency department you should call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptom
Hands should be washed regularly with soap and water. Respiratory and cough etiquette should be observed at all times. If you feel sick, avoid contact with others.
IF YOU ARE ATTENDING OUR HOSPITAL AND YOU HAVE BEEN TO CHINA IN THE PAST 14 DAYS PLEASE REPORT TO OUR HOSPITAL RECEPTION IMMEDIATELY.
Visit: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus for up to date information.
The Department of Health and Human Services has established a telephone information hotline for the public – 1800 675 398.
Doctors needing clinical advice or to report a potential case should call 1300 651 160.