Department of Health and Social Care lists coronavirus (COVID-19) as a notifiable disease

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the UK, all four jurisdictions have now taken legal measures to add coronavirus to the list of notifiable diseases.

On 5 March 2020, COVID-19 was added to the list of notifiable diseases and SARS-COV-2 to the list of notifiable causative agents in England. This change was made by adding them to the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010.

The change in law requires GPs in England to report all cases of COVID-19 to Public Health England. Visit the Gov.uk website for more information on how to report notifiable diseases.

This change follows similar moves in Scotland and Northern Ireland. In Scotland the Public Health (Scotland) Act 2008 was amended with effect from 22 February 2020 to make coronavirus (COVID-19) a notifiable disease.

In Northern Ireland, The Public Health Act (Northern Ireland) 1967 was similarly amended with the changes coming into effect on 29 February 2020.

Wales has since followed the other 3 countries and on the 6 March 2020 amended The Health Protection (Notification) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 to make coronavirus a notifiable disease.

Doctors in these areas will need to be aware of these changes so they can ensure they meet their obligations regarding reporting cases of coronavirus.

See our quick guide on notifiable infectious diseases for more information.

This page was correct at publication on 06/03/2020. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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