New confirmed novel coronavirus case reported in Saudi Arabia


The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia informed WHO of a new confirmed case of infection with the novel coronavirus (nCoV) on March 23rd. For further details see here. To date, WHO has been informed of a global total of 16 confirmed cases of human infection with nCoV, including nine deaths.

Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns. Testing for the new coronavirus should be considered in patients with unexplained pneumonias, or in patients with unexplained severe, progressive or complicated respiratory illness not responding to treatment, particularly in persons travelling from or resident in areas of the world known to be affected.

Any clusters of SARI or SARI in healthcare workers should be thoroughly investigated, regardless of where in the world they occur.
New cases and clusters of the NCoV should be promptly reported to local Departments of Public Health.

WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event nor does it recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied.

WHO continues to monitor the situation closely.

ECDC have issued an updated risk assessment.

For more information see

See also:
Health Protection Agency UK

World Health Organization

World Health Organization-Europe

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control