Department of Health

Second novel coronavirus case in Victoria

Published by Department of Health & Human Services

Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed a second Victorian case of the 2019 novel coronavirus.

The man in his 60s, a Victorian resident, is isolated and recovering at home. He was confirmed as positive this morning following a series of tests after experiencing a respiratory illness.

After the positive result, the man was seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Centre in accordance with infection control procedures and was assessed as well enough to stay at home.

The Victorian man had travelled to Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The man first became unwell more than two days after returning from China. There is no current evidence that passengers or crew on the flight that the man took to return to Melbourne are at risk.

The department is monitoring five close contacts who live with the man. Two of the contacts are children who have been excluded from school.

The man attended a restaurant called The House of Delight, at Level 1, 52 Montclair Avenue, Glen Waverley, between 5.30pm and 7pm on Sunday 26 January 2020. Diners will be contacted if booking details were left with the restaurant.

We are urging anyone who was at this restaurant during this time to be aware of symptoms, and to contact the Department on 1300 651 160 in order to be provided with advice.

Victoria recorded its first case of the Novel Coronavirus on Saturday 25 January. That case, a man in his 50s, remains in isolation in the Monash Medical Centre in a stable condition.

Australia has recorded six cases of the Novel Coronavirus, two in Victoria and four in New South Wales.

Victorians and visitors returning from Hubei Province or other locations in China with cases have been advised to closely monitor their health.

Any people who develop symptoms of fever and breathing difficulty or cough within 14 days of travel to Hubei Province, China, or who has had contact with a confirmed case should seek medical help immediately and advise of their travel history.

The department has issued a Chief Health Officer's alert to hospitals and GPs on Novel Coronavirus and provided advice about the symptoms.

Victoria has well-established systems to respond to ill travellers. In response to the first Victorian case, the department has established a telephone information line for the public and medical practitioners at 1800 675 398. Doctors who are reporting a potential case should call 1300 651 160.

More information about coronavirus and Victoria's response can be found at the department's websiteExternal Link .


Any people who have developed symptoms of fever and breathing difficulty or cough within 14 days of travel to Hubei Province, China, or have had direct contact with a confirmed case should seek medical help immediately.

Hands should be washed regularly with soap and water and respiratory and cough etiquette should be observed at all times. If you feel sick, avoid contact with others.

Before attending a GP or emergency department people should call ahead and mention their recent travel and symptoms.

GPs and emergency departments should ensure a travel history is taken for all patients presenting with symptoms of pneumonia, isolate and place a respiratory mask on any travellers on arrival at the department or clinic.

Reviewed 29 January 2020


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