Fears for potential fifth Australian coronavirus victim

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NSW authorities are expected to confirm today the country's fifth case of the deadly coronavirus. 9News

Three patients in NSW and one in Victoria have already been diagnosed with the virus after an outbreak centred in the Chinese city of Wuhan which has spread across the world.

"We are monitoring, of course, a return of people from China to Australia very rigorously and we have identified a couple of cases, but we certainly haven't seen large numbers of cases or any spread of the virus in Australia." "I think if people haven't been in China or haven't had contact with anyone who has got the disease, the likelihood-them having this virus is in fact extremely low," he said.The priority remains ensuring overseas visitors are vigilant in reporting any symptoms to avoid the spread of the virus.Prof Murphy says he will be sending out a message to GPs across the country on how to handle patients who present with symptoms of the deadly illness.

The announcement comes after another man, aged in his 50s, tested positive in a Melbourne hospital after arriving from the Chinese city of Guangzhou last week. "What I can advise you is that the gentleman has been in the city of Wuhan in China for the past two weeks prior to the onset of his illness."

The US is arranging a charter flight today to bring its citizens and diplomats back from Wuhan, the central Chinese city at the epicentre of the outbreak, the Wall Street Journal reported.President Xi Jinping says China is facing a "grave situation" as the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak jumped to 42, overshadowing Lunar New Year celebrations.

Chinese women and a child all wear protective masks after celebrations for the Chinese New Year and Spring Festival were cancelled by authorities on January 25, 2020 in Beijing, China. Temples locked their doors, Beijing's Forbidden City and Shanghai Disneyland closed, and people cancelled restaurant reservations ahead of the holiday, normally a time of family reunions, sightseeing trips and other festivities in the country of 1.4 billion people

A thermal scanner checks on arriving passengers at Manila's international airport, Philippines. The government is closely monitoring arrival of passengers as a new coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China has infected hundreds and caused deaths in that area.

 

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