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Originator: CMO Messaging

From: Professor Chris Whitty

Issue date: 31-Jan-2020 09:59:53

This alert has been issued to:
  • NHS Regional Offices
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Chief Executive
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • Regional Directors of Public Health
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Recipients on Public Health Link
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Chief Executive

  • Other contacts
  • Independent Healthcare Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Social Care Providers (registered with CAS)
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Non-NHS Recipients on Public Health Link
  • Territorial CMOs in Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales
  • Consultants in Communicable Diseases
  • Director of Public Health
  • GP - Locum
  • NHS 111 and Out of hours providers
  • GP Practices
  • Primary Care Networks

Action category: Important information for immediate action

Title: Novel coronavirus

Broadcast content:

This alert updates the advice sent on 23rd January 2020. Changes from the previous version are high-lighted in blue font. Key changes are to the case definition. These include the expansion of geography for clinical case definition from Wuhan to all of mainland China; and the inclusion of fever and removal of sore throat from the clinical case definition.

A flow chart is also attached.

Additional information: NHS England Regional Offices: please cascade this alert to Community Pharmacy and to any GP Practices in your areas that are not yet registered with CAS.

Alert reference: CEM/CMO/2020/002


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