Written Question on Coronavirus: Disease Control

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Date Title Questioner
10 Feb 2020, 4:58 p.m. Coronavirus: Disease Control Nick Thomas-Symonds


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the evidential basis is for Government advice on the longevity of the coronavirus on (a) parcels and (b) other objects.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a newly identified virus and as such no specific data on environmental survival is available. Public Health England (PHE) advice on the longevity of 2019-nCoV on parcels and other objects has been based on informed knowledge of other related viruses, such as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus.

PHE’s current advice is that the virus does not survive well for long periods outside the body and so it is highly unlikely that 2019-nCoV can be spread through post or packages.

This advice and a range of further information can be found online at the following link:


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