Coronavirus Spread Update
Currently, there have been increased numbers of reported cases, with approximately 37,562 cases confirmed internationally as of late last week, with 813 of those reported fatal. 5 have recovered so far.
The Australian Government Department of Health has said that "Australia is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China." Read more. 15 people within Australia have been confirmed to have the virus, 5 of which have recovered. Australia's chief medical officer Professor Brendon Murphy has said "There is no risk to Australian population other than people with that travel history or who have been in contact with those people". Read more.
For more information on Novel Coronavirus look here: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/novel-coronavirus-outbreak
General infection control procedures, hand sanitisation and other measures should be practiced. For tips on staying healthy while travelling, look
The key to stay healthy is to practise general good hygiene. Preventive measures are to avoid potential exposure, employ general hygiene measures and safe food practices.
- Keep distance from people who are obviously sick.
- Wash your hands frequently. Carry hand sanitizer for use when soap and water are not readily available.
- Maintain good personal hygiene and practise basic respiratory etiquette. Avoid touching your face.
- Do not visit wet markets or farms.
- Avoid direct contact with animals (live or dead) and their environment.
- Do not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with droppings.
- Ensure food, including eggs, is thoroughly cooked.
- Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms, especially fever or shortness of breath.
- To prevent infection from any respiratory illness, pay attention to hygiene, and avoid contact with sick people.
Coronavirs Health Information Line: 1800 020 080
Health Direct: 1800 022 222
Western Australia: Coronavirus Hotline - 1800 300 243
Victoria: Coronavirus Hotline - 1800 675 398