Novel Coronavirus

Novel Coronovirus

Public Health Wales is working closely with the Welsh Government and the other UK public health agencies to carefully monitor the situation in Wuhan and to implement our planned response, with measures in place to protect the health of the public.  

See our latest statement on the Public Health Wales response to outbreak in Wuhan, China. 

See the latest information for the public from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England. 


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Information on Coronavirus 

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. 

Wuhan novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England have published more information on Wuhan novel coronavirus including its epidemiology, virology and clinical features.

Advice for the public 

See the latest information and actions for the public on the outbreak of Wuhan novel coronavirus, including advice for travellers from Wuhan. 

The Department of Health and Social Care will publish updated UK data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice.

If you have been advised to stay at home while you wait for the results of tests for Novel Coronavirus infection, please see our Self-isolation advice.

Advice for Professionals

Clinicians should consider Wuhan novel coronavirus in patients returning from an affected region or whose partners or family members may have travelled.

Public Health England has published information on case definitions, assessment, infection prevention and control and testing.

Public Health advice on Wuhan novel coronavirus is also available via the all-Wales Health protection service on 0300 00 300 32 during working hours (and with access via this number to out of hours services).