Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Western Australia is working closely with the Commonwealth and state and territory jurisdictional governments to respond appropriately to the outbreak of a novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

This is a rapidly changing situation. Updates will be provided as any new information becomes available. Please check back regularly to ensure the information you have is up to date.

WHO has declared the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (external site).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Declared a Notifiable Disease

On 29 January 2020, ‘Human coronavirus with pandemic potential’ was declared an urgently notifiable disease under Part 9 of the Public Health Act 2016. This includes notification of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information go to our notifiable infectious diseases page

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Self-quarantine

Self-quarantine (often referred to as self-isolation) means you must stay in your home, hotel room, or other accommodation. The only time you should leave your home/accommodation is to seek medical attention. This means you cannot attend places such as work, school, shopping centres or go on a holiday. Self-quarantine is important for protecting your family, friends and the Western Australian community.

You need to self-quarantine yourself in the following circumstances:          

  • if you have left, or transited through, mainland China you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China AND/OR
  • if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after last contact with the confirmed case.

For example:          

  • if someone left Shanghai on 2 February 2020 and came to Australia via another country on 10 February 2020, they would only need to self-quarantine for 6 days until the 16th February (14 days from when they left mainland China)
  • if someone left Beijing on 5 February 2020 and arrived in Australia on the same day, they would be need to self-quarantine for 14 days until 19 February 2020.

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Last reviewed: 21-02-2020