Passengers who have arrived in Australia from Iran should self-quarantine themselves for two weeks at home amid the coronavirus outbreak, health officials say.
The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, has told anyone who has returned from the Middle Eastern country since February 19, to self-isolate at home and monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days.
Iran reported its first case on 20 February, and there have now been 1,501 cases and 66 deaths .
However the Australian government said that could be underestimated.
"It is clear that the Iranian health system is managing a large number of cases which have developed over a short period of time and as a result, reporting of cases may have been delayed or underestimated," a statement from Health Minister Greg Hunt and Australian Government Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly, said.
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"Australian public health laboratories have now confirmed several cases of COVID-19 in people with direct or indirect travel history to Iran.
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"All confirmed cases have been isolated and are receiving medical treatment.
"We are reaching out to members of Australia's Iranian community to update them of our change and seek their support to slow the spread of COVID-19.
"Self-isolation is a key component to support Australia's efforts, and one of the reasons we have been able to keep confirmed cases low so far.
"People should monitor for symptoms such as fever, coughing, shortness of breath or tiredness and seek medical care and testing."
Australians were told not to travel to Iran earlier this month.
Only Australian citizens, permanent residents and their dependants, are allowed to return from the country, until at least the middle of the month.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-iran-australia-travel-quarantine-advice-14-days/5ca7d281-3996-4fb9-a85f-bad3f55b2986