Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV)

Information on Wuhan novel coronavirus, including assessment and management of suspected UK cases.

This collection contains information and advice on Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV).

On 31 December 2019, WHO was informed by the People’s Republic of China of cases of pneumonia of unknown microbial aetiology associated with Wuhan, Hubei Province, central China.

On 9 January 2020, WHO announced that a novel coronavirus had been detected in patient samples in Wuhan.

WN-CoV infection is classified as an airborne high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK.


Published 10 January 2020
Last updated 21 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added WN-CoV: interim guidance for primary care.

  2. Added 'Background information' document.

  3. Added information on diagnostic laboratories, and updated guidance on case definitions and infection prevention and control.

  4. First published.