Novel Coronavirus Update, 5 February 2020

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Thirty-two South Australians are currently awaiting test results for novel coronavirus. Two test results have come back positive.

We are still working through complex location data to determine if the two positive cases spent a prolonged period within any enclosed areas whilst potentially infectious which could require public health action.

We are in the process of contacting passengers on China Southern Airlines flight CZ663 from Guangzhou to Adelaide, landing in Adelaide on 21 January 2020.

From tomorrow, novel coronavirus testing will become part of routine respiratory infection testing, resulting in a more efficient and streamlined process for GPs. While it will result in more South Australians being tested, it will mean more people will be able to rule out any links to novel coronavirus.

With this change in testing procedure, from tomorrow we will report on the number of positive and cases under investigation by the Communicable Disease Control Branch rather than the total number of tests performed.

As of Tuesday 28 January, novel coronavirus is a controlled notifiable condition under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011. Doctors and diagnostic laboratories are required to notify the Communicable Disease Control Branch of any suspected cases.

For more information, contact the Coronavirus Health Information line on 1800 020 080 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/novelcoronavirus.