Text - Information about novel coronavirus for the ACT.

There are no confirmed cases in the ACT as of 7 February 2020.

07 February 2020

The ACT Health Directorate is working with the Australian Government Department of Health and state and territory counterparts to monitor and respond to the current novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

The ACT Health Directorate has well established processes and procedures in place for the management of infectious diseases.

Healthcare workers in ACT public hospitals as well as General Practitioners (GPs) across Canberra are well prepared with precautionary advice to help them identify any suspected cases of this infection.

The outbreak has so far mostly affected people who live in or who have recently visited mainland China.

While there is a small number of confirmed cases in Australia, there are no confirmed cases in the ACT as of 7 February 2020.

However, the Commonwealth Government has taken a precautionary position on this situation and has advised that anyone who was in mainland China or who transited through mainland China during or after 1 February this year, needs to self-isolate home for 14 days from the last day they were in China.

For anyone returning to Australia from Hubei Province, prior to 1 February 2020, the advice remains that they need to self-isolate for 14 days from the time of leaving Hubei Province.

In addition, if anyone has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus, also need to stay home for 14 days starting from the last day in which the contact with that person occurred.

In humans, coronaviruses can cause mild illness, such as the common cold and gastrointestinal infections, as well as more severe illness, such as that caused by SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome).

There are several ways to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus and other viral infections:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider

If you suspect you may have symptoms of novel coronavirus, please visit your local doctor or a hospital emergency department. Phone ahead to advise of your symptoms and travel history.

For the latest news and advice from ACT Health on the outbreak, visit their information on novel coronavirus public page.

ACT health professionals will be updated as required via Chief Health Officer alerts.

For information from the Australian Government Department of Health, visit their novel coronavirus news page.

For regular updates on the international situation, refer to the World Health Organisation novel coronavirus page.

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