As of 28 September 2012, no additional confirmed cases due to infection with the novel coronavirus have been reported to WHO.
WHO is working closely with the national authorities of the
involved countries (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom) and
international partners in order to better understand the public health
risk from the novel coronavirus.
From the information available thus far, it appears that the
novel coronavirus cannot be easily transmitted from person-to-person.
Given the severity of the two laboratory confirmed cases, WHO
is continuing to monitor the situation in order to provide the
appropriate response, expertise and support to its Member States.
Rapid progress has been made in the characterization of the
novel coronavirus, and in the development of sensitive and specific
diagnostic assays. WHO is collaborating with partner laboratories to
make these available as quickly as possible. It is anticipated that the
first batch of reagents, together with information and testing
algorithms, will be available for urgent testing within the coming days.
Tests for novel coronavirus infection of patients under
investigation - based on the case definition issued by WHO – are
currently available by some partner laboratories. National Health
Authorities can contact these laboratories through WHO.
WHO continues to inform its Member States through the
designated National Focal Points under the International Health
No travel or trade restrictions have been recommended by WHO
for Saudi Arabia or Qatar with respect to the novel coronavirus