Seventh Australian Evacuee From Diamond Princess Tests Positive For Coronavirus
A seventh Australian has tested positive for coronavirus after being evacuated to a quarantine camp near Darwin from the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship.
A group of 164 Australians is being held at the facility in the Northern Territory as part of a 14-day quarantine period after being evacuated from the cruise ship which had been stranded in Japan.
It is believed a 57-year old Queensland woman is the latest Australian to be struck down with the deadly virus, after testing positive on Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, about 266 people are expected to leave the Howard Springs quarantine camp today, after they were evacuated earlier this month from Wuhan -- the epicentre of the virus.
"This reaffirms the decision we made not just to conduct an airlift (from the cruise ship) but to ensure that these people were in supervised quarantine in a separate area within the Howard Springs facility," Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said.
Two people from Victoria also tested positive for the virus on Saturday and will be repatriated to their home state's health system, while the Queensland woman will be transported to her home state on a specialised medical retrieval plane tomorrow.
Two other Queensland women, aged 54 and 55, who tested positive on Friday night have been flown to a Brisbane hospital for further treatment.
A 78-year-old man from Western Australia was transferred to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth on Friday, while a 24-year-old woman from South Australia has been transferred to Royal Adelaide Hospital.
This brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 22, including 10 people who have recovered from the illness.
Health authorities have declared the coronavirus to be contained within Australia, claiming there is no risk to the wider community.
This means some Year 11 and 12 students outside the Hubei province enrolled in Australian schools will be able to apply to get back into the country as long as they are not unwell.
However, the process to return to Australia includes 13 steps, with states and territories to have the final say on whether they allow students to return.
A similar relaxation of travel restrictions will be considered for university students this week, but a decision has not yet been made.