Novel coronavirus outbreak

Novel coronavirus is a current health issue. The virus has been reported predominantly in the city of Wuhan, in the Hubei province of China, as well as other Chinese cities and countries, including Australia.

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Council is regularly monitoring the most up-to-date information provided by the Victorian Department of Health and Humans Services.

  • There are currently four confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Victoria.  
  • 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 has 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, 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.
  • 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 dependents 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.
  • If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.

Symptoms of novel coronavirus

The virus can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Affected people may experience, fever, flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches and difficulty breathing.

How can you help prevent novel coronavirus?

Everyone should follow good hygiene practices and other measures to protect against infections.

These measures include:

  • washing your hands
  • covering your mouth while coughing or sneezing
  • avoiding contact with wild or farm animals.

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