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Coronavirus confirmed in South Australian baby after mother fell ill

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<p>A South Australian baby has been diagnosed with coronavirus, a day after the girl's mother tested positive to the disease.</p>

A South Australian baby has been diagnosed with coronavirus, a day after the girl's mother tested positive to the disease.

The diagnosis of the eight-month-old was announced by Premier Steven Marshall.

"She and her mother are in a stable condition at the Flinders Medical Centre," he said today.

"The child is well, and both mother and baby are doing well in that facility," Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier added.

Coronavirus

The eight-month-old is the youngest coronavirus case in Australia.

The mother and baby had travelled to Adelaide from Iran, via Malaysia, arriving on Sunday.

They were aboard flight MH139 from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The mother, 40, had travelled to Adelaide from Iran, via Malaysia, arriving on Sunday.

South Australian authorities also confirmed a 58-year-old man has been confirmed as infected with the disease.

The man had just travelled from Taiwan.

He travelled aboard EVA Airlines Flight BR315 to Brisbane on Tuesday before taking a connecting flight to Adelaide on VA1394.

SA Health are now setting up a dedicated clinic at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for people to go if they think they have coronavirus.

The intention is to separate people who may have the disease, from others in emergency departments.

People should wash their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

South Australian health officials are now looking at what contact a 24-year-old local who developed COVID-19 had with others.

The woman had recently travelled from Europe, including Italy, where an epidemic of coronavirus has broken out.

She returned to Australia on Saturday on Etihad Airways EY450 from Abu Dhabi to Sydney.

She took a Virgin Australia connecting flight to Adelaide on VA412.

"What we are really interested in is seeing who was sitting close by, and whether she was symptomatic during the flight," Prof. Spurrier said.

"The people that we have more concern about is the people that sit two rows ahead of anybody who was a case, or two rows behind, and also to either side."

How to protect yourself and others from coronavirus

Prof. Spurrier said anyone who has been within a metre and a half for a prolonged period of time is at risk.

"If somebody has just walked past, if you were in a shopping centre, that does not constitute any significant risk," she said.

There are seven confirmed coronavirus cases in South Australia, and authorities are waiting on test results for 14 others.

Fifty-five people across Australia have been diagnosed with coronavirus, and two have died.

Coronavirus: How to protect yourself and others

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-confirmed-in-south-australian-baby-after-mother-fell-ill/f0dac33e-0cd3-4711-8775-ec0e1bb18395

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