Australia to deny entry to foreign travellers arriving from China, new coronavirus case confirmed taking the total in Australia to 10


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Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne (L) and Prime Minister Scott Morrison speak to the media during a press conference at the Sydney CPO in Sydney, Australia, 01 February 2020.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has increased its travel advice for China to level 4 (do not travel) and foreign travellers who have left or passed through mainland China will be denied entry to Australia, as a result of the coronavirus.

A new case of novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Victoria, taking the state total to four.

She returned from Wuhan, Hubei Provence, on January 25 and became unwell two days later.

She was seen by doctors in a Melbourne hospital on January 30 in accordance with infection control procedures and was assessed as well enough to stay at home.

Health authorities say she was not considered infectious on the flight and she has remained isolated since being tested.

The latest case takes the total in Victoria to four, on top of 13 people pending results and 149 negative results. The national total is now 10.

It comes as Qantas announced it would suspend its two direct services to mainland China (Sydney-Beijing and Sydney-Shanghai) from February 9 until March 29 due to logistical issues.





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