Four Australian cases of coronavirus confirmed

THREE cases of the deadly coronavirus have been confirmed in New South Wales, bringing the total nationwide to four.
NSW Health tonight confirmed three men – aged 43, 45 and 53 – are being treated in Westmead Hospital in Sydney and are in isolation.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said 18 people across the state have now been assessed for the virus after samples were sent to a “world-leading” laboratory in Victoria, with 12 patients being “excluded” and three being confirmed on Saturday.
“I’d like to thank each of these three people because they have been exemplary in the way that they presented themselves (to health services),” Hazzard told reporters.
All three men arrived on flights from China – one on January 6, one on January 19 and the other is being checked by authorities.
She said they were taking “all precautions possible” and had stepped up their response with the State Health Emergency Coordination Centre. Public hospital emergency departments across Queensland will be instructed to waive testing fees for foreign nationals suspected of carrying coronavirus.
Australia’s chief medical officer Professor Brendan Murphy said it was important for people arriving from Wuhan, and those in close contact with them, to monitor for symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting and difficulty breathing.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy urged people to monitor for symptoms.
“We don’t know exactly how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected but there is an incubation period and some patients will have very mild symptoms,” Prof Murphy said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs has overnight raised the level of travel advice for Wuhan and Hubei province to “do not travel” while the disease is now listed as having “pandemic potential” allowing border measures to be enhanced.
For those planning on travelling to the region, authorities suggested checking the Smart Traveller website for the latest on the situation. Australia is the 11th country to have a confirmed case across the globe, authorities said.

A passenger wears a protective mask on arrival at Sydney International Airport. Picture: AAP