Seven coronavirus cases have been confirmed by the Australian Department of Health. One is collated in Queensland, four in NSW and two in Victoria. Local health authorities are already testing people who feature symptoms of the virus.
More than 6074 cases have been confirmed at a global level, with 132 deaths being recorded. The World Health Organization will hold a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee to determine the recent outbreak that can be classified as a Public Health Emergency of International Research.
The Australian Department of Health encourages citizens to pay attention to their surroundings and stay informed about the evolution of the virus. Emergency response teams can be dispatched quickly to target areas, and they will be enhanced to respond to specific situations without problems.
Citizens that have been in contact with people diagnosed with coronavirus should remain isolated within their homes for a period of 14 days. The same advice is offered to those who have traveled to the Chinese province of Hubei and have returned to Australia recently.
The Australian Department of Health Confirms The Seventh Coronavirus Case
Preemptive measures are already being implemented as a quarantine facility will be established on Christmas Island. The facility will house isolated and vulnerable Australian citizens over 14 days. Those who return from Wuhan will have to go through the mandatory quarantine. After they are medically cleared, they can go to their homes.
Initial analysis has shown that the new virus is a betacoronavirus, in the vein of MERS and SARS, with the origin being tracked down to bats.
At first, it was thought that the disease might have been contacted from large seafood and the live animal markets but the spread of the disease among people who weren’t exposed to the potential sources proved that the virus features sustainable person-to-person viral capabilities.
Chinese researchers are already working hard on the development of a vaccine as the fear of massive pandemic continues to grow.