The classification of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the COVID-19 disease, also known widely in the media as the Coronavirus, is classified for transport as a category B infectious substance of Class 6.2.
This has been confirmed by the WHO, IATA and Public Health England, via their advice at points 14 and 15 here:
This means that diagnostic specimens should be transported as UN 3373, biological substance, category B, and clinical wastes as UN 3291.
Update 19/03/2020: The UK Government have updated their advice for the generation of contaminated waste from non-healthcare settings.
The new advice, available at the time of writing here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings
States that wastes left for at least 72 hours may then be disposed of with normal waste.
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