Australia Day Diners Told They Might Have Been Exposed To Coronavirus

A popular Melbourne restaurant has warned diners who ate at the establishment on Australia Day that they may have been exposed to the coronavirus and to look out for associated symptoms.

A man in his 60s, who has one of two confirmed cases of the deadly virus in Victoria,  reportedly ate at The House of Delight restaurant in Glen Waverley in Melbourne’s southeast with five family members between 5.30pm and 7pm on January 26.

He had travelled to Wuhan in China, the epicentre of the virus, and is being kept in isolation while he recovers.

According to Victoria’s chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton, the infected man fell ill on January 23, two days after returning from China and had remained in isolation aside from attending dinner with his family on Australia Day.

Location of the restaurant in Melbourne where the infected man ate. Image: Google Maps

Dr Sutton has encouraged anyone who was dining at the restaurant during that time to be aware of symptoms but that it is now safe to return to the restaurant.

“That restaurant is okay to go to now, people don’t need to avoid the area or indeed anywhere else,” he said.

But according to a sign posted on the front window, the establishment has closed its doors until February 9.



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"In order to minimise the risk of the novel coronavirus our restaurant is closed January 29 to February 9, 2020. Sorry for any inconvenience caused," the note read.

Dr Sutton said there was a low risk of infection and diners that were at other tables during the same time-period were not considered “close contacts” under national guidelines.

“The risk of transmission although not absolutely excluded is very low,” he said.

There are currently seven confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia.