Australia Confirms 13th Case of Coronavirus in Country

Henrietta Strickland
February 5, 2020

More than 3,000 passengers and crew aboard a cruise ship anchored off the Japanese port of Yokohama were quarantined after a passenger tested positive for the virus.

Chinese authorities said the toll in mainland China rose by a record 64 from the previous day to 425, mostly in Hubei, the virtually locked-down province whose capital is Wuhan.

The boy was in a stable condition and remained in isolation at the hospital located in the coastal city of Gold Coast, according to the state's health authorities.

The first group of Australian citizens evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan have touched down on Christmas Island.

A child who travelled with two people confirmed to have coronavirus in Queensland has become the third person in the state diagnosed with the virus.

"To combat the corona virus and ensure the safety of Queenslanders, we need to be able to issue the public health emergency decree for an extended period of time", said Miles.

Mr. Miles wants it to pass Parliament by Thursday.

Under the laws, people can be formally required to stay at a certain location, such as their home, and ordered to stay away from other locations, such as schools.

The bill was introduced into state parliament yesterday, the first sitting day of 2020.

Dr. Jeanette Young, the state's chief health officer, urges everyone who has returned from mainland China in the past 14 weeks and feels uncomfortable to seek medical help immediately.

Ms Palaszczuk said she had written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison about instituting National Disaster Relief Arrangements and was hopeful he would consider it.

Wuhan also plans to convert three existing venues, including a gymnasium and an exhibition center, into temporary hospitals to receive patients infected with the virus, the headquarters for the epidemic control said late Monday.

More than 200 travellers have been screened for the new coronavirus after arriving at Brisbane International Airport from China since Sunday when new protocols were put in place.

The United States began mandatory 14-day quarantines Sunday for US citizens who had been in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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