Information on Novel Coronavirus (2019-mCoV) testing

WA Health is working closely with the Commonwealth and other State and territory governments to respond to an outbreak of a novel coronavirus that has emerged in Wuhan, China.

The risk of transmission in Australia remains low; however, the situation is evolving. Western Australians should remain alert, but they should not be alarmed. Australia has one of the best health systems in the world and is prepared to deal with the situation.


Coronavirus can cause a range of symptoms. Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Affected people may experience:

  • fever

  • flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches

  • difficulty breathing


For general queries or for further advice on how to seek medical attention, you should phone the Coronavirus Health Information Line, on 1800 020 080. If a non-English speaker needs help, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service (external site) or phone 131 450.


Specimen collection


If your GP has asked you to be tested for Novel Coronavirus (2019-mCoV), please visit one of the PathWest collection centres established for testing listed here click here. 


Useful links

 Information for cliniciansclick here

 Information for the general publicclick here