The Health Protection (Notification) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Commencement: 6 March 2020
Amends: The Health Protection (Notification) (Wales) Regulations 2010
The Health Protection (Notification) (Wales) Regulations 2010 places a duty on registered medical practitioners (i.e. doctors) to notify the local authority if they treat a patient they know or suspect to be infected or contaminated with specific infectious diseases, including the “Coronavirus”, also known as “Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)” or “COVID-19”.
The Regulations also place a duty on medical or clinical laboratories that test human samples, to report to the local authority when they detect an organism that could lead to the development of a specific infectious disease.
The list of notifiable diseases and syndromes in Schedule 1 of the Regulations is amended to include the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). This places a duty on doctors to notify the local authority of any suspected cases of the virus in their patients.
Schedule 2 of the Regulations has been amended to include Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).This places a duty on medical and clinical laboratories involved in the testing of human samples to report to the local authority any samples which are infected with the virus. No notification requirements are created under RIDDOR.
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