Virus hits Australia, Cooks get ready

Saturday January 25, 2020 Written by Published in Health
Chinese aircrew arrive at Sydney. AFP 20012449 Chinese aircrew arrive at Sydney. AFP 20012449

The first Australian case of Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed, with a man being held under isolation in a Melbourne hospital.

 

It comes as Cook Islands Ministry of Health calls medical personnel, transport and immigration authorities, media and other stakeholders to a coronavirus response strategy meeting on Monday morning.

Chinese are the fastest-growing group of tourists in Cook Islands, accounting for 678 visitors last year.

Chinese authorities have revealed they are treating 1,287 patients with the virus – and the death toll has risen to 41. Authorities there warn the virus could mutate and spread, and have put three cities in lockdown.

The Melbourne patient is a man in his 50s who recently spent time in the city of Wuhan, where the deadly outbreak is believed to have originated in an illegal wildlife market.

New South Wales Health has confirmed five people in the state are being tested for coronavirus, but none of those cases have been confirmed.

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