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Travel warning to Japan upgraded over coronavirus fears

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The Australian Government has warned travellers there is now a heightened risk of travelling to Japan.

Australian travellers are being urged to "exercise a high degree of caution" if they are travelling to Japan due to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus.

The Australian Government today lifted Japan's travel warning to level two.

"At level 2, there are more or higher risks than what you would typically find in a large Australian city," the Government's Smart Traveller website warns

"We're not saying 'don't go' to this location. But you should do your research and take extra precautions."

Japan is scheduled to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the end of July.

The warning for South Korea has also been lifted.

The warning comes based on advice from Australia's Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy, who warns travellers there is a heightened risk of local transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Japan.

"This significant increase in reported cases in South Korea, the continuing number of cases in Japan and more recently, the small outbreak in northern Italy and the increasing cases and particularly deaths in Iran," Professor Murphy said.

"All of these developments and other countries are cause for concern and all of those countries are making very extensive efforts to try and contain the outbreaks."


* 22 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia: eight in Queensland; four in New South Wales; six in Victoria; three in South Australia; one in WA.

* Of those people, 10 have recovered and the others are in stable conditions.

* Seven cases are passengers who were on the Diamond Princess repatriation flight from Japan. They were in quarantine at the Manigurr-ma Village Howard Springs facility in Darwin when they tested positive to coronavirus. All have returned to their home states for medical treatment.

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* The 266 Australian evacuees from Wuhan have all gone home after clearing a 14-day quarantine period.

* There are 78,973 confirmed cases worldwide.

* There have been 2466 deaths worldwide.

* Travel restrictions to Australia have been extended for a further week to February 29.

* Foreign nationals - excluding permanent residents - who have been in mainland China will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they left mainland China.

* Australian citizens and permanent residents will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members (spouses, legal guardians and dependants only).

* People who have been in contact with someone confirmed to have coronavirus must self-isolate for 14 days from the time they were in contact with that person.


* DFAT's travel advice has been updated for Japan with travellers being told to exercise a high degree of caution in Japan.

* Concerns are also held for the spread in Iran, South Korea and northern Italy.

Sources: WHO; Australian Health Department

Source: 9News

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