Novel coronavirus (2019nCoV)


In late December 2019, the People’s Republic of China reported an outbreak of pneumonia due to unknown cause in Wuhan City, Hubei Province.

In early January 2020, the cause of the outbreak was identified as a new coronavirus, named novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). While early cases were likely infected by an animal source in a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan, ongoing human-to-human transmission is now occurring.

There are a number of coronaviruses that are transmitted from human-to-human which are not of public health concern. However the 2019-nCoV can cause respiratory illness of varying severity. Currently, there is no vaccine and no specific treatment for infection with the virus. 

On the 30 January 2020 the World Health Organization declared that the outbreak of 2019-nCoV constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The collection of resources on this page contains information and advice on novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Advice for returning travellers

If you have returned from China within the last 14 days, please go to NHS Inform website for the most up-to-date information and advice.


If our understanding of 2019-nCoV changes then guidance will be updated. Always check this website to ensure that any guidance you are using is the latest version.

Guidance for use in Scotland

Risk areas

Guidance for travellers

For the general public who are planning to travel abroad, guidance can be found on fitfortravel. Where a 2019-nCoV risk is identified then country pages will be updated.

For health professionals who are advising travellers, guidance can be found on ​TRAVAX. Where a 2019-nCoV risk is identified then country pages will contain updated guidance.