Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Thursday 30th January, 2020

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‚Äôs 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.

For more information visit:

Department of Health and Human Services Victoria