Wuhan Novel Coronavirus updated alert

Wuhan Novel Coronavirus updated alert

January 31, 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care has  published an updated alert regarding the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus via the Central Alerting System (CAS).

Changes from the previous version are high-lighted in blue font. Key changes are to the case definition. These include the expansion of geography for clinical case definition from Wuhan to all of mainland China; and the inclusion of fever and removal of sore throat from the clinical case definition.

The alert and pathway outline the initial assessment questions to identify a patient who may require isolation and testing. All primary and secondary healthcare providers should make arrangements for such patients to be identified immediately and isolated according to the Public Health England (PHE) guidance.

A flowchart for the management of a suspected case of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease produced by PHE can be found here.

PHE guidance on GOV.UK

PHE Public health matters blog

Latest Government update

Two patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus. Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, has issued a statement. If more cases are confirmed in the UK, it will be announced as soon as possible by the Chief Medical Officer of the affected country.

Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. The risk to individuals in the UK has not changed at this stage.


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