Over the weekend, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) expanded the case definition for a person suspected to have contracted novel coronavirus.
Any person who has an acute respiratory infection and has been in mainland China OR has had close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the 14 days prior to their onset of illness, should be tested for the infection.
As a precaution, people who were in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) on or after 1 February 2020 are advised to self-isolate. This date is when the risk of human-to-human transmission across many provinces of mainland China was identified to have significantly increased.
If you have travelled to China and are now self-isolating, DHHS has issued home isolation guidance.
The current novel coronavirus situation is rapidly changing and we will keep you updated via https://coronavirus.monashhealth.org/ as new information becomes available.
DHHS also provides current information for both the public and health professionals. They have a dedicated coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398.