Health alert – Novel Coronavirus update

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Update
4 February 2020


Status: Active

Date issued: 4 February 2020 (Update to Alert issued 2 February 2020)

Issued by: Dr Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, Victoria

Issued to: Clinicians and the Victorian public

Key messages

  • As of 4 February 2020, the case definition for a person suspected to have contracted novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been expanded to any person who has a fever or 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV should also stay at home and avoid public settings until 14 days after their last contact.
  • The department has confirmed four cases of novel coronavirus in Victoria.
  • Be alert for patients who meet the updated case definition, ensure they wear a surgical mask and place them in a negative pressure or single room.
  • Take a travel history in patients with respiratory symptoms. Note the updated case definition to inform testing.
  • Notify the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 651 160.
  • Stay informed of updates at

Read the full alert: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)



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