Department of Health

Third Novel Coronavirus case in Victoria

Published by Department of Health & Human Services

Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed a third case of Novel Coronavirus in Victoria.

The total number of confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus cases in Victoria is now three. There are currently eight pending results and a total of 71 negative results.

The latest case a woman in her 40s, a visitor from Hubei Province in China, is in a stable condition with the respiratory illness. She has been confirmed positive today following a series of tests.

The patient is in isolation in the Royal Melbourne Hospital in accordance with recommended infection control procedures.

The woman attended a GP and was referred to hospital immediately. Two close contacts are being provided support and education and monitored closely for signs or symptoms of illness.

Further information on public exposure sites will be made available once confirmed.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is working closely with Commonwealth and Queensland health authorities to determine if there are any public exposure sites in Melbourne related to the recently announced case in Queensland.

All close contacts of the case have been identified and contacted. The patient was not symptomatic whilst in Melbourne, however given recent evidence regarding potential of transmission in the 48 hours prior to symptom onset a precautionary approach is being undertaken. Further updates will be provided when information is available.  

Advice to the public and health services and general practitioners has not changed.

The Department of Health and Human Services has established a hotline where any member of the public can call to seek information on Coronavirus and discuss further actions on 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 website.


Anyone who has travelled in China’s Hubei province should self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the Hubei province, other than when seeking individual medical care.

Given the lower number of cases in China reported outside of Hubei province, people who have recently travelled in other parts of China or other countries are not being asked to self-isolate at this time.

If you have developed symptoms of fever and breathing difficulty or cough or have had direct contact with a confirmed case, you should seek medical help immediately.

Before visiting your GP or emergency department you should call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.

Hands should be washed regularly with soap and water. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you feel sick, avoid contact with others.

Reviewed 30 January 2020


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