The first case of coronavirus in Australia has been confirmed in Victoria, authorities have announced.
A man, aged in his 50s, was confirmed to have contracted the virus after spending two weeks in Wuhan, and arriving in Melbourne on January 19.
7News reports a Chinese citizen has travelled to Melbourne and is reported to have been in good health when he arrived however later became ill.
Reports from 7News say the man is under stable condition, under isolation in a hospital in Melbourne.
Wuhan City residents are frequent visitors to Australia and authorities say when a case was expected to happen in Australia.
There are currently 1,287 confirmed cases in China, 41 of whom have died.
Human to human transmission has been confirmed by China’s national health commission. As of 24 January the Chinese authorities had acknowledged more than 1,000 cases and 41 deaths.
In the past week, the number of confirmed infections has more than tripled and cases have been found in 13 provinces, as well as the municipalities Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Tianjin.
The virus has also been confirmed outside China, in Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the US, and Vietnam. There have not been any confirmed cases in the UK at present, with the 14 people tested for the virus all proving negative.
The actual number to have contracted the virus could be far higher as people with mild symptoms may not have been detected.
Modelling by WHO experts at Imperial College London suggests there could be 4,000 cases, with uncertainty putting the margins between 1,000 and 9,700.
Earlier this week reports came out that Pacific nations are ramping up security measures at ports and airports amid fears the deadly coronavirus could arrive on their shores.
The Guardian reported that there are particular fears for Samoa, which has a population of about 200,000 people and is still reeling from a devastating measles outbreak over the last few months, which killed 83 people, mostly babies. Measles was believed to have arrived in the south Pacific nation via a traveller from New Zealand.
The Samoan government announced it had a plan for coronavirus’ arrival but did not release details.
Still reeling the effects of the Measles outbreak, the Coronavirus would be a disaster for the Pacific Islands.
Australian Authorities say they are well prepared and have state and territory health system in place who can rapidly diagnose and isolate any case.
Australian Authorities have confirmed that the Chinese Government has stopped all travels out of Wuhan City however there may have been some who got out before the travel ban was initiated.
The Australian Government says Health Officials will meet every plane from China to ensure passengers are thoroughly briefed on what’s happening and if anyone of them has flown in from any affected area in China, they will need to be examined and tested.
The Australian Government is convening a Health meeting and the Australian Crisis committee is also meeting today to prepare Australia for any further cases.