Chinese woman in Melbourne is confirmed to have coronavirus – taking the total number of cases in Australia to eight
- A Chinese woman in Melbourne has been found to have the coronavirus
- She had been in Australia for a week and was showing symptoms for a few days
- Number of cases in Australia is now eight, with two more ill Aussies in China
A Chinese woman in Melbourne has been confirmed to have the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Australia to eight.
The woman, in her 40s, is visiting from China and was mostly spending time with her family and wasn’t out in public much, the Herald Sun reported.
She has been in Australia for about a week and had reportedly been showing symptoms for two or three days.
Daily life Wuhan,the Chinese city where the coronavirus is believed to have started earlier this month, and medical protection equipment is now in vogue
The woman is now being treated in isolation at Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The total number of Australian cases is now eight, with three of those in Victoria, four in New South Wales and one in Queensland.
Two other Australians have been infected in China.
Meanwhile, concerns are growing over a Tiger Airlines domestic flight which an infected man boarded last week.
Authorities are seeking to track down passengers on board Flight TT566 from Melbourne to the Gold Coast, on January 27.
Australian authorities are trying to track down everyone who was on board a Tiger Airways flight from Melbourne to the Gold Coast on January 27, as an infected man was a passenger
The man came from Wuhan – the Chinese city at the epicentre of the virus outbreak – and flew in to Melbourne via Singapore on January 22.
He spent five days in the city before flying north to the Gold Coast, where he became increasingly unwell at his accommodation and called an ambulance.
He is in isolation in hospital.
Meanwhile, in New South Wales, authorities fear as many as 16 other Australians in New South Wales may have contracted the disease.
Four people there have been diagnosed with the disease, and two in Victoria.
The Federal government is planning to quarantine Australians evacuated from Wuhan on isolated Christmas Island.
The disease, which has killed at least 162 people around the world, is believed to have come from Wuhan, a city of 11 million people.
The virus is believed to have spread from the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market. Such ‘wet’ markets sell meat and seafood alongside live animals such as dogs, rats, snakes, civets and supposedly koalas.
The proximity of people to live and dead animals makes it easy for humans to contract viruses.
The SARS virus which broke out in 2003 also likely started in wet markets.
SARS was originally hosted by bats which infected other animals. Those animals transmitted SARS to humans.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA
NEW SOUTH WALES: 4
Four people in NSW have been diagnosed with coronavirus, including three men and one woman.
- Three men aged 43, 53, and 35 who had recently travelled to China are confirmed to have contracted the disease.
- Two flew in from Wuhan while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, south China.
- They are being treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital and are in stable condition.
- A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person to test positive for the illness in NSW.
- The woman, a student at UNSW, flew into Sydney International Airport on flight MU749 on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.
- She is being treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital.
- A Chinese national aged in his 50s becomes the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Australia.
- The man flew to Melbourne on China Southern flight CZ321 from Wuhan via Guangzhou on January 19.
- He is now in quarantined isolation at Monash Hospital in Clayton in Melbourne’s east.
- A Victorian man in his 60s is diagnosed with the coronavirus.
- He became unwell on January 23 – two days after returning from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.
- The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Centre. He was assessed as being well enough to stay at home.
- Queensland confirms its first case after a 44-year-old Chinese national wass diagnosed with the virus.
- He is being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital.
CHINA: 2, January 30: Two Australians have been confirmed as having the virus in Wuhan itself. Australia has raised the travel alert level to ‘do not travel’ for the city of Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak – and for the entire Hubei province.
Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says unless people have contact with someone who is unwell and has come from that part of China, there is no need for current concern.