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Diners at Melbourne Chinese restaurant may have been exposed to deadly coronavirus

Diners who visited a Melbourne Chinese restaurant on Australia Day may have been exposed to the deadly coronavirus. 

Victoria’s health department confirmed on Wednesday evening that a man in his 60s had become infected while travelling in China’s Hubei province.

The department said the man started to feel unwell on January 23 and remained isolated before having dinner in Melbourne’s south-east with his family on Australia Day.

An man infected with coronavirus visited The House Of Delight restaurant in Glen Waverley, Melbourne’s south-east, with his five family members between 5.30pm and 7pm on January 26

The man started to feel unwell on January 23 and remained isolated before having dinner in Melbourne's south-east with his family on Australia Day. Pictured: The restaurant where the man dined

The man started to feel unwell on January 23 and remained isolated before having dinner in Melbourne’s south-east with his family on Australia Day. Pictured: The restaurant where the man dined

The man visited The House Of Delight restaurant in Glen Waverley with his five family members between 5.30pm and 7pm on January 26.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton urged anyone who was at the restaurant during this time to be aware of symptoms. 

‘That restaurant is OK to go to now, people don’t need to avoid the area or indeed anywhere else,’ he said. 

Dr Sutton said health authorities had followed up with the restaurant, as well as patrons who were there on that evening. 

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton urged anyone who was at the restaurant during this time to be aware of symptoms

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton urged anyone who was at the restaurant during this time to be aware of symptoms

Dr Sutton said health authorities had followed up with the restaurant

Dr Sutton said health authorities had followed up with the restaurant

A sign believed to be stuck on the door of the restaurant suggests it has shut up shop until February 9. 'Dear customer, in order to minimise the risk of the Novel Coronavirus, our restaurant is closed from 29th Jan, 2020, to 9th Feb 2020,' the sign read, according to a picture shared online

A sign believed to be stuck on the door of the restaurant suggests it has shut up shop until February 9. ‘Dear customer, in order to minimise the risk of the Novel Coronavirus, our restaurant is closed from 29th Jan, 2020, to 9th Feb 2020,’ the sign read, according to a picture shared online

The man's three adult and two child relatives have been isolated with him. One has already tested negative for the virus, while the children are being kept from school. Pictured: The House of Delight restaurant in Glen Waverley

The man’s three adult and two child relatives have been isolated with him. One has already tested negative for the virus, while the children are being kept from school. Pictured: The House of Delight restaurant in Glen Waverley

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA

NEW SOUTH WALES: 4

Four people in NSW have been diagnosed with coronavirus, including three men and one woman.

January 25

  • 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.

January 27

  • 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.

VICTORIA: 2 

January 25

  • 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.

January 29

  • 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: 1 

January 29 

  • 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.  

 

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.

But a sign believed to be stuck on the door of the restaurant suggests it has shut up shop until February 9. 

‘Dear customer, in order to minimise the risk of the Novel Coronavirus, our restaurant is closed from 29th Jan, 2020, to 9th Feb 2020,’ the sign read, according to a picture shared online.

‘Sorry for any inconvenience caused.’ 

The man’s three adult and two child relatives have been isolated with him. One has already tested negative for the virus, while the children are being kept from school.

The Melbourne restaurant is usually open seven days a week, for lunch and dinner, dishing up hotpots, seafood, Wagyu steaks, stir-fries and ‘everything else in between’. 

The department said there is no current evidence that passengers or crew on the flight the man took to return to Melbourne are at risk. 

Up to 14 people in Victoria await results of their tests, while another 61 have tested negative. 

There are now seven confirmed cases of the virus in Australia, including four in NSW, two in Victoria and one in Queensland. 

A 44-year-old man from Wuhan – the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak – is in isolation at the Gold Coast University Hospital. He’s the first person in the state to test positive for the deadly virus.

Testing for the virus is ramping up in NSW as authorities await laboratory results for 16 new possible cases referred for investigation. 

Anyone in Australia who has been to China’s Hubei province should now isolate themselves at home for 14 days after the visit, Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

Wuhan, the 11-million-strong epicentre of the outbreak, was put into lock-down last Thursday, amid growing fears over the rapid spread of the deadly virus. 

The death toll has passed 130 in China, while confirmed cases of infection in the Hubei province have stretched over 6,000.

Australians have been urged to reconsider any travel to China and not to visit Hubei Province under any circumstances as the country struggles to contain the virus.  

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS?

Once someone has caught the virus it may take between two and 14 days for them to show any symptoms.

If and when they do, typical signs include:

  • a runny nose
  • a cough
  • sore throat
  • fever (high temperature)

The vast majority of patients – at least 97 per cent, based on available data – will recover from these without any issues or medical help.

In a small group of patients, who seem mainly to be the elderly or those with long-term illnesses, it can lead to pneumonia. 

Pneumonia is an infection in which the insides of the lungs swell up and fill with fluid. It makes it increasingly difficult to breathe and, if left untreated, can be fatal and suffocate people. 

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