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Coronavirus update (31 January)

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    31 January 2020

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As of this morning, 31 January 2020, 9 cases of 2019-nCoV have been confirmed in Australia: 2 in Queensland, 3 in Victoria, and 4 in New South Wales. Australian health authorities continue to test any people who show symptoms of the virus. To date more than 200 people have been tested…

Internationally, approximately 7,834 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV, and 170 deaths have been reported - a 2.17% fatality rate. The World Health Organization's (WHO) International Health Regulations Emergency Committee has now declared the outbreak of 2019-nCoV a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Australia is already implementing the WHO measures… [and] taking a highly precautionary approach based on the latest and best medical advice.

The WHO advised that further international exportation of cases may appear in any country. All countries should prepare for containment. This means:

  • actively surveying people at risk so they can detect cases early
  • isolating and managing any cases
  • tracing contact and preventing onward spread of infection
  • sharing full data with WHO…

… People who have been in contact with confirmed novel coronavirus cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days after exposure. Returned travellers who have been in Hubei Province of China must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province other than for seeking individual medical care.

On 29 January 2020, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) raised the level of travel advice for China to 'level 3 – reconsider your need to travel'.

On 24 January, it raised the level of travel advice for ​​​​​​ Wuhan and Hubei Province in China to ‘level 4 – do not travel’.

The Australian Government is making arrangements to help isolated and vulnerable Australian citizens leave Wuhan.

The Government is working to identify Australian citizens in China who may meet requirements for repatriation.

The Government is standing up a quarantine facility on Christmas Island where people will be quarantined for 14 days…  …Health and biosecurity experts will advise on appropriate quarantine and medical arrangements for the facility...

(For information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus update dated 31 January 2020 - https://www.health.gov.au/news/coronavirus-update-at-a-glance

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