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A number of new coronavirus cases have been confirmed across Australia today.

A number of new coronavirus cases have been confirmed across Australia today.

The most recent is a sixth case is a man in his 40s in Western Australia.

Three additional cases have been confirmed in Victoria while three more Sydney high school students and their parents have tested positive for the virus.

A GP performs a mock coronavirus examination on a patient inside the fever clinic at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.

Sixth case confirmed in Western Australia

Two new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Western Australia today, one of which is suspected to be the first human-to-human transmission of the virus in the state.

The woman, in her 60s, was diagnosed after her husband returned from Iran and is still being tested for the virus.

The couple is self-isolating at home, with regular monitoring being conducted by the Health Department. Her husband is being tested for the virus.

This afternoon authorities confirmed the sixth case which is a man in his 40s.

He is the son of a woman who spent six days in Perth and then flew to Melbourne on a Virgin Airlines flight. Her case is being managed by the Victorian Health Department, however her son remains in WA.

"We've tested all her family and only her son has now shown up with the coronavirus," WA Health Minister Roger Cook said.

"(He) produced a positive outcome. We are now working with that family to understand all their movements."

A fourth case was confirmed yesterday in a woman in her 70s who attended a concert and a number of other public places before testing positive.

A 78-year-old Perth man has been the state's only death so far.  


Three new cases have been diagnosed in Victoria today.

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The state's health minister Jenny Mikakos said authorities are urgently contacting people who many have been exposed to the virus, including workplaces and other locations that the new patients may have visited.

She said four screening clinics have been set up in public hospitals across the state, with more than 250 people presenting themselves to the clinics to be tested in the last few days.

Ms Mikakos also announced that Victorian health authorities would be looking to increase testing capacities from 500 tests per day to more than 1000.

"Our focus is currently early identification, contact tracing and containing the spread of the disease in order to protect the public and healthcare workers. We cannot take any chances, and public health is our absolute focus," she said.

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"I hope everyone can come together and we can continue to prepare for there to be a global pandemic. This is a time for national unity."

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said that while the virus continues to spread, the majority of cases have come from overseas from countries including Iran and Italy.

"In Australia, we still only have one instance of community transmission in northern Sydney," he said.

"The most important thing for Australia to slow the progression of this disease is for return travellers who become unwell with flu-like symptoms, upper respiratory symptoms - cough, sore throat, fever and the like, to contact their doctor and get tested. That is the best way that we will contain the growth in this disease."

Schools shut down in Sydney as more cases confirmed

Three more Sydney high school students have been diagnosed with coronavirus, along with their parents.

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A 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, who are both in Year 10 at St Patrick's Marist College in Dundas, in the city's north-west, have tested positive for the illness, it has been confirmed.

Both of their fathers have also been diagnosed with the virus.

A Year Seven student at Willoughby Girls School was also confirmed to it, and this afternoon it was announced her mother had also tested positive.

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Dorothy Henderson Lodge in the Sydney suburb of Macquarie Park where two people died due to COVID-19.

The new school cases follow the diagnosis of a student at Epping Boys High School last week, which has seen dozens of students who had close contact with him quarantined for two weeks.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard warned it's a situation which is "likely to be the new norm".

He said any more school cases will also have classes stopped.

Officials are probing links between the new cases, which include two defence force members diagnosed at the weekend, Ryde Hospital, where a doctor was diagnosed last week.

The schools are nearby the Macquarie Park aged care centre where two elderly people died after a care worker was diagnosed.

The new cases bring the state's total to 41, the highest of all the states in Australia with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Two people have so far died in NSW from contracting the virus including a 95-year-old woman and an 82-year old man, both of whom were living at the Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park.

Queensland cases rise to 15

A woman who recently travelled back from London, with a stopover in Dubai, has become Queensland's 15th confirmed coronavirus case.

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The 38-year-old woman is in isolation at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Queensland Health is undergoing contact tracing.

Travellers given screening

Mr Murphy today emphasised the primary cause of the influx of COVID-19 cases in Australia has been travellers arriving from overseas opposed to person-to-person contact.

In response, Mr Murphy said authorities have implemented measures to test people arriving in Australia from overseas.

"Every single traveller coming into Australia now is given information about COVID-19 and every airline has a requirement to declare any unwell passenger," Mr Murphy said.

"At every airport in the country, we have health officials and enhanced border screening so anyone unwell is referred for health screening," he said.

In addition, Mr Murphy said particular attention and specialist screening is in place for travellers arriving from Italy, Iran, China and the Republic of Korea.

Source: 9News

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