Australia Confirms 13th Case of Coronavirus in Country

Henrietta Brewer
February 5, 2020

The total number of infections in China rose by 3,235 to 20,438, and there were at least 151 cases in 23 other countries and regions.

The outbreak has killed more than 420 people, spread round the world and fuelled fears for global economic growth, with rival financial centre Hong Kong reporting its first coronavirus death on Tuesday, only the second outside mainland China.

An eight year old boy has been diagnosed with coronavirus in Australia.

Hong Kong shut down almost all land and sea border crossings with the mainland at midnight local time after more than 2,000 medical workers walked off the job Monday demanding that all border crossings be closed completely.

The situation called for close monitoring, Tan said.

Chinese nationals make up the largest share of visitors to Singapore, which was among the countries outside China worst hit in the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that killed 800 people globally.

Also Tuesday, the Chinese gambling territory of Macau said it will temporarily shut down all casino operations for two weeks to help curb the spread of the virus.

She said she was concerned that government officials had failed to provide all of the information about passengers who flew from mainland China.

More than 400 people have been assessed for coronavirus since screening started at Brisbane International Airport on Sunday.

A day after accusing Washington of scaremongering, Beijing said it would welcome assistance from the United States to fight the outbreak.

This image of the Centers for the Control and Prevention of Diseases (CDC) from January 2020 shows the novel Coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV).

The order gives Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young and other emergency officers appointed under the Public Health Act wide-ranging powers to manage the coronavirus crisis, such as forcing people into quarantine.

The United States began mandatory 14-day quarantines Sunday for US citizens who had been in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital. He also said the United States is "always planning for eventualities and how we may be asked by civilian partners to assist".

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