This page was last updated on 14 March 2020.
The Ministry of Health has developed the following case definition for COVID-19 based on expert advice from our Technical Advisory Group. The case definition takes into account both the epidemiology of the virus as well as its clinical presentation. The criteria are provisional only and will be revised as more precise information emerges on the outbreak including characteristics of transmission, incubation and infectious period and geographical spread.
Note that due to the ongoing changing global and domestic situation, clinical judgement should apply as to whether someone who doesn’t quite meet the current case definition should be tested or not.