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10/02/2020   CAS Alert - Coronavirus

This alert updates the advice sent on 31st January 2020. Changes from the previous version are highlighted in blue font. The key changes are to the case definition. These include the expansion of geography for clinical case definition from mainland China to mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau; and the modification of the clinical case definition so that fever without any other symptoms is sufficient criteria for testing (if the patient has also travelled from or transited through the previously names countries in the previous 14 days). Alternative clinical diagnosis for fever in a returning traveller should be considered and tests performed at local NHS laboratories, according to published PHE guidance.