The coronavirus continues its race through the country with new cases confirmed in multiple states and territories around Australia today.
Australians have been warned to steer clear of physical contact such as handshakes, and urged to contact medical authorities if they believe they have been in contact with an infected person.
Travel bans are also in place and the federal government has declared the disease a pandemic.
NEW SOUTH WALES
A 95-year-old Sydney nursing home resident who died in hospital on Tuesday was confirmed on Wednesday night to have had coronavirus.
The woman was living at the Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care facility at Macquarie Park's BaptistCare property, where a staff member has been diagnosed with the virus.
Six more cases were confirmed on Wednesday evening, raising the number of NSW cases to 22.
The new cases include an elderly female resident at the Dorothy Henderson Lodge, a female doctor who works at Liverpool Hospital, a female patient from the Northern Beaches, a male from Cronulla, and a female who is believed to have returned from the Philippines.
"The female doctor who was diagnosed on March 4 had no history of overseas travel. We are immediately establishing which staff and patients may need to self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19 should they be unwell," NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said in a statement.
Macquarie University also confirmed that a lecturer in their Science and Engineering faculty has tested positive to the virus and is recovering in isolation at Westmead Hospital.
The staff member became ill after returning from Iran.
"Our staff member has not been present at Macquarie University's campus since returning from Iran and has had no contact with either staff or students," the university said in a statement.
"There is no evidence to suggest that the aged care worker from Baptist Aged Care who has contracted COVID-19 has done so as a result of contact with a member of the Macquarie University community."
Victorian health officials have confirmed the tenth coronavirus case in the state.
State Health Minister Jenny Mikakos says the man in his 30s became unwell on Sunday after returning to Victoria from Iran last week.
He went to an emergency department after speaking with a nurse on call, with his positive test result confirmed late yesterday.
QUEENSLAND An eleventh case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Queensland. A 26-year-old man from Logan, who had recently returned from Iran, is in isolation in Princess Alexandra Hospital after testing positive to COVID-19.
The man is in a stable condition.
A 40-year-old woman is the fourth person to test positive to the coronavirus in South Australia after travelling home from Iran.
The woman is currently undergoing interviews at home to determine who she might have been in contact with before her diagnosis.
Associate Professor Nicola Spurrier from SA Health said the test had delivered "quite a clear, positive result".
A man in Tasmania who has tested positive to coronavirus went to a supermarket before self-isolating but the risk of transmission is considered low.
The 40-year-old, who had travelled to Iran, returned a positive test to the virus on Monday and has been in isolation in hospital since.
State health authorities say the man went to Woolworths at Wellington Street in Launceston on Sunday at 10pm for about 15 minutes on his way home after being tested in hospital.
A 52-year-old tourist was confirmed as the Northern Territory's first case of coronavirus on Wednesday evening, and is being treated in isolation at Royal Darwin Hospital.
The man had recently arrived in Darwin via Sydney, and NT Health says he has had limited contact with the local community, but officials are undertaking contact tracing and will be reaching out to those who may have made contact with him.
About 10,000 people across Australia have been tested and there are now 50 confirmed cases.
Anyone who suspects they have the virus should call ahead before visiting their GP or a hospital emergency department.
The Coronavirus Health Information Line is available on 1800 020 080.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-latest-news-new-covid19-cases-confirmed-around-australia-bringing-total-to-42/99b2bb44-7199-4d6c-a77d-7cb44d5254c5