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Australia Authorities search for people who shared flights with coronavirus patients

03:00  26 january  2020
03:00  26 january  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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On Thursday, a coronavirus patient died in northern Hebei province - making it the first death City officials in the capital, Beijing, and Shanghai have also asked residents who return from affected The impact of the coronavirus is not limited to Hubei province. Authorities have also shut major tourist

Four people have been quarantined in Australia after contracting coronavirus . First case was a man who Authorities tracking down passengers on flights the infected men were on. Health officials are trying to track down hundreds of passengers who shared flight with a man diagnosed with the

A Chinese health worker checks the temperature of a man entering a subway station during the Chinese New Year and Spring Festival on January 25, 2020 in Beijing.© Getty Images A Chinese health worker checks the temperature of a man entering a subway station during the Chinese New Year and Spring Festival on January 25, 2020 in Beijing. Authorities are searching for passengers who shared a flight to Sydney with a man who had coronavirus from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak originated.

NSW Health has confirmed that three people have the virus in the state, with another two under observation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on Saturday of the "accelerating spread" of the disease, adding to fears about the scope of a crisis that has already claimed 42 lives and triggered emergency health measures in cities across China.

Brisbane man being tested for coronavirus

  Brisbane man being tested for coronavirus A man is in isolation in his Brisbane home as Queensland Health authorities run tests on whether he is carrying a new strain for coronavirus.  The man was showing symptoms of the SARS-like illness and had recently returned from Wuhan in China, where the outbreak began. Authorities said there was no cause for alarm. Queensland's Chief Medical Officer Dr Jeanette Young said "we've got one gentleman that we're following at the moment who has travelled to Wuhan and has developed a respiratory illness". "He is recovering at home.

Two of the three Chinese nationals in France who have been diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus arrived without showing symptoms, doctors at a Paris hospital said on Saturday. On Friday, France confirmed the first three cases of the virus in Europe

The patient was then released from quarantine following a further examination by experts deployed to tackle the disease. Chen reportedly lived in Wuhan, the Local authorities in Wuhan are attempting to build a specialized treatment facility in the next 10 days to house all coronavirus patients under one

Australia's chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said health authorities' decision to speak to everyone who had shared a flight from Wuhan with the infected man was only a precautionary measure.

"It is important to note that people in the plane generally probably have a low risk," Professor Murphy said. "It is more to provide the details of those sitting in close proximity to those infected."

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There have been no confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission of the disease outside China.

Four possible cases of coronavirus under investigation in WA

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One family member who visited Wuhan was not infected, but another who had not visited Wuhan, but then spent time Medical staff transfer patients to Jin Yintan hospital in Wuhan. China has confirmed that the deadly Wuhan coronavirus virus can be transmitted between humans, with medical workers

More than 540 people who have contracted the virus have been taken to hospital with breathing difficulties. There are fears that the coronavirus may spread more widely during the Chinese new year holidays at the end of January, when millions of people travel home to celebrate.

NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said the three men who have been diagnosed with coronavirus in NSW were not hospitalised because of the severity of their conditions but to ensure the disease could not spread more widely.

"These ­patients would generally be managed in the community but they are being admitted for isolation purposes," Dr Chant said.

All of the men, aged 53, 43 and 35, are being treated at Westmead Hospital. There is one confirmed case of coronavius in Victoria.

More than 42 million people are in lockdown in the central Chinese province of Hubei, of which Wuhan is the capital.

Across the country, Chinese authorities have cancelled the temple fairs and festivals that normally accompany the nation's biggest holiday, while the Forbidden City in Beijing, the most popular sections of the Great Wall and Shanghai Disneyland are all closed to visitors.

The government has also suspended all tour groups from journeys outside the country, state media reported, in another attempt to keep the virus from possibly spreading to new regions and countries. On Saturday, authorities announced plans to temporarily halt inter-province buses to and from Beijing.

Four tests for coronavirus in Qld negative

  Four tests for coronavirus in Qld negative Queensland Health says tests on four people suspected of carrying the deadly coronavirus have come back negative.The state's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said Queensland remains free of 2019-nCoV cases, so far, after the tests were done on Monday.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds that include diarrhea in cows and pigs, and upper respiratory disease in chickens.

The patients - who are in isolation - are being treated at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Doctors at the Central Hospital of Wuhan attend to a patient with coronavirus . It is unclear when The coronavirus can lead to pneumonia, which can kill people by causing them to drown in the fluid

Scott Morrison et al. standing in a room: Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy gave Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Prime Minister Scott Morrison an update on coronavirus in Canberra on Thursday, January 22, 2020.© AAP Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy gave Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Prime Minister Scott Morrison an update on coronavirus in Canberra on Thursday, January 22, 2020.

They also cracked down on the sale of some types of exotic game meat at markets. The 2003 SARS crisis spread from civet cats, which are prized as a delicacy in parts of China, to humans working in the game meat trade.

While the exact origin of coronavirus has not been confirmed, experts believe it began in a Wuhan market that was selling wildlife meat.

Media outlets have reported that Russia, China and the United States are exploring options to get their citizens out of Wuhan. Singapore and Malaysia are among the nations that have recently announced coronavirus cases.

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Qantas and Air New Zealand suspend China flights due to coronavirus curbs .
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