COVID-19 becomes a notifiable disease

On a day when Cornwall has seen its first case of coronavirus, contracted in Italy, and where the UK has had its first fatality from the disease in a woman with a pre-existing condition, a statutory instrument was made into law that adds COVID-19 to the list of notifiable diseases and SARS-COV-2 to the list of notifiable causative agents.

This change in the law requires GPs to report all cases of COVID-19 to Public Health England.

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