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Second quarantine zone planned to stop Christmas Island overflow

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Plans are underway to find other facilities for Australians returning from coronavirus hotspots in case Christmas Island reaches capacity.

Plans are underway to find other facilities for Australians returning from coronavirus hotspots in case Christmas Island reaches capacity.

The second wave of Australians that were stranded in Wuhan - the epicentre of the coronavirus - have arrived on Christmas Island this morning and another Qantas flight is chartered to repatriate any other Australians wanting to return home from Wuhan.

"The defence force and the department of home affairs is identifying overflow facilities and contingencies should other facilities be required," Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. China reported another 73 deaths today taking the number killed to 563. Globally, more than 28,000 people are now infected - most in China.

The virus is now present in China and 27 other countries, with cases increasing at a rate of 15 to 10 per cent daily.

There are 14 confirmed cases in Australia, 13 of whom were in Wuhan, and one person having contact with a person from Wuhan.

The 35 citizens and permanent residents left the Chinese city last night on an Air New Zealand flight evacuating 98 New Zealanders and a number of others to Auckland.

Among them is Daniel Ou Yang, from Sydney, who told 9News yesterday he was looking forward to arriving in Australia.

Thirty-five citizens and permanent residents left the Chinese city last night on an Air New Zealand flight evacuating 98 New Zealanders and a number of others to Auckland.

Among them is Daniel Ou Yang, from Sydney, who told 9News yesterday he was looking forward to arriving in Australia.

"I've definitely had my concerns and my thoughts holding me back from being on this flight, but in the end, I just said you know, what I have to do it. I have to get on this flight, I have to get home to my life."

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They were met and screened by medical experts before being bussed to the detention centre in a convoy to begin their quarantine period in a joint operation by the Australian Federal Police, border force officials and ADF.

Meanwhile, the federal government has flagged opening up isolated mining camps or hotels for people fleeing the epidemic in China.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said yesterday officials were drawing up contingency plans "for every possible scenario".

"We have been worried about cruise ships. We are worried about what happens if further provinces are shut down and whether we face the prospect of trying to assist people to depart literally in the thousands," Mr Dutton told the ABC.

He said the government was considering different locations because it lacks space on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

"There are isolated mining camps or hotels that you could take over," Mr Dutton said.

A federal parliamentary report in 2010 found the Christmas Island detention centre could accommodate up to 800 people.

After today's second group of evacuees landed there today there are now 276 people at the centre.

So far, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus infection among the men, women and children already there.

Meanwhile, on mainland Australia a 37-year-old man became the fourth person in Queensland to be diagnosed with the virus yesterday.

He travelled with three people who have been confirmed as having the virus.

State by state data shows three confirmed infections in Queensland, four each in NSW and Victoria and two in South Australia.

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Three of the 14 have recovered and been released.

Two Australians on a cruise ship off Japan have also tested positive, with the Australian government monitoring the other Australians aboard.

The Japanese government has quarantined the vessel carrying 223 Australians among its 2666 guests and 1045 crew at Yokohama, south of Tokyo.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-australian-evacuees-to-reach-christmas-island-quarantine/392ab046-3b01-4636-aaee-dc4ae476917c

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