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Keep updated about the Coronavirus

This morning the World Health Organisation declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in relation to the Coronavirus.  This gives the WHO greater powers to assist countries and make recommendations to prevent further spreading of the virus.

NDS wishes to alert providers to the latest advice from the Australian Government on the outbreak of a new strain of the Coronavirus, and urges providers to stay up-to-date with advice which may be provided by the Government.

A novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has led to an outbreak of respiratory illness, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

The 2019-nCoV virus is transmitted from humans to humans and has a reasonably high mortality rate. It is of concern to everyone but especially people with existing co-morbidities especially people with health concerns, disabilities and older people.

At 6:30am on 30 January, there were seven confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in Australia: one in Queensland, two in Victoria, and four in New South Wales. Internationally, there are approximately 6,074 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV, and 132 deaths had been reported. 

Yesterday the Australian Government updated its advice to Australians about the novel coronavirus, based on the latest medical advice:
  • People who have been in contact with confirmed novel coronavirus cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days after exposure.
  • Returned travellers who have been in Hubei Province of China must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province other than for seeking individual medical care.
This is a changing situation and providers need to keep up-to-date with the latest advice both from the Commonwealth and from their state/territory governments. 

The Australian Department of Health has a
dedicated webpage for this virus, and the latest Department of Health media releases are available here.

NDS will continue to monitor the situation, including by liaising with the NDIA, NDIS Commission and the Federal Department of Health, to ensure members receive the most up to date information about the virus. 

Best wishes and stay safe


David