The Department of Health and Human Services is working around the clock with health services, the Commonwealth and international agencies to respond to the outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and to keep the Victorian community safe.

On this webpage you can find information and guidance about the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a rapidly changing situation, so please visit this webpage for regular updates.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

News update:  The Australian Government has announced another seven day extension to existing travel restrictions. Visitors from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, or their dependents will not be allowed entry into Australia. These restrictions will be reviewed by 29 February 2020. The Australian Government has also recommended that Australians not travel to mainland China at the current time.

More information on coronavirus

The WHO has declared the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

There are currently 4 confirmed cases in Victoria. See the Fourth novel coronavirus case in Victoria media release for more information.

For a full suite of Australian Government resources, visit the Australian Department of Health’s website.

Australians concerned about family overseas should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Consular emergency line.

For full details on travel restrictions, visit the Australian Border Force website

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