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Australian travel warnings raised for China amid coronavirus outbreak

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Travellers have been urged to ‘reconsider the need to travel’ anywhere in China amid the fallout from the deadly coronavirus epidemic.

The Federal Government has urged Australians to reconsider their need to travel to China, an escalation of the warning to now encapsulate the entire nation as coronavirus continues to spread.

Foreign Minister Marie Payne announced just after midnight that the Department of Foreign Affairs had raised its warning status after consultations with the Chinese Government.

"We now advise you to 'reconsider your need to travel' to China overall, due to the outbreak of novel #coronavirus & travel restrictions by local authorities," she posted on Twitter.

Earlier DFAT issued a "do not travel" alert for the Hubei Province and the city of Wuhan, where the epidemic began.

"Due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus we now advise you 'reconsider your need to travel' to China overall and 'do not travel' to Hubei Province," the DFAT alert said today.

"Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice.

"Travellers may be quarantined, due to their health condition or previous location."

Ms Payne yesterday confirmed the Australian Government had been in conversations with Chinese authorities over the outbreak of coronavirus and was considering methods to transport Australians in the Hubei Province away from the region.

"Our Embassy in Beijing and our Consulate in Shanghai are also working with international partner and the Chinese government to determine what support can be given to Australians on the ground," an earlier statement said.

"Australia does not have a consular presence in Wuhan."

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More than 100 people have died in China, with more than 4500 confirmed cases of the new virus on the mainland.

More than 1700 of those were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

There are five confirmed cases in Australia, four in NSW and one in Victoria. None of the cases are fatal.

Queensland Health conducted tests on six people for the virus, with all tests coming back negative.

There is still no evidence of the virus being transmitted human-to-human in Australia.

Source: 9News

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