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Coronavirus travel warning issued for Japan and South Korea

Australians warned about traveling to Japan and South Korea because of the fear of coronavirus, because the government is urging people to “be very careful”

  • A new coronavirus warning has been issued by DFAT for South Korea and Japan
  • Australian travelers are told ‘to follow the advice of the authorities’
  • About 47 Australians are currently being treated for the deadly disease in Japan

A warning has been issued to Australians traveling to Japan and South Korea following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the region.

Travelers are told to be very careful in both countries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) urged travelers to both Japan and South Korea to “follow your health closely and follow the advice of local authorities.”

There are 47 Australians who receive medical treatment in Japan after a positive test for coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

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A couple wears protective masks while walking through Ueno Park in Tokyo, Japan. Currently, 47 Australians are receiving medical treatment for the corona virus in Japan

A couple wears protective masks while walking through Ueno Park in Tokyo, Japan. Currently, 47 Australians are receiving medical treatment for the corona virus in Japan

Another 170 have flown back to Australia after evacuating the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama last week.

Seven evacuees have tested positive for COVID-19 since their arrival in Darwin, six of which have been returned to their home state for treatment and the seventh that have been transferred Monday.

The remaining passengers of the cruise ship are quarantined in Howard Springs for at least two weeks.

There have been 22 cases of coronavirus in Australia.

Ten people have recovered and the others are in a stable state.

Meanwhile, 266 people arrived on a flight from Wuhan on February 9 after 14 days of isolation en route to Darwin on Monday.

Nothing tested positive for the disease.

The federal government evacuated 170 Australians from the Diamond Princess cruise ship last week and flew them home. Four were confirmed to have coronavirus

The federal government evacuated 170 Australians from the Diamond Princess cruise ship (photo) and flew home last week. Four were confirmed to have coronavirus

The federal government evacuated 170 Australians from the Diamond Princess cruise ship (photo) and flew home last week. Four were confirmed to have coronavirus

Australia has banned travel for Chinese passengers, but relaxed the rules for students from years 11 and 12, apart from anyone staying in Hubei province, the epicenter of the virus outbreak.

There are 78,973 cases worldwide and 2,466 deaths.

Air New Zealand has suspended flights to South Korea after the country experienced a sharp increase in reported cases of the virus.

Australia does not have a local airline that flies to South Korea, which means that the government should advise airlines on their travel routes.

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said the government updated the flight route and travel alert advice every day.

AUSTRALIA WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

NEW SOUTH WALES: 4

January 25

  • Three men, 43, 53 and 35 years old who had recently traveled to China, have confirmed that they have contracted the disease.
  • Two flew in from Wuhan, while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, South China.
  • They are treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital and are in a stable condition.

January 27

  • A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person who tested positive for the disease in NSW.
  • The woman, a student at UNSW, flew on flight MU749 to Sydney International Airport on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.
  • She is treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital.

VICTORIA: 6

January 25

  • A Chinese citizen aged fifty will be the first confirmed case of the corona virus in Australia.
  • The man flew from Wuhan via Guangzhou to Melbourne on January 19 on the Southern Southern flight CZ321.
  • He is now in quarantine at the Monash Hospital in Clayton in the east of Melbourne.

January 29

  • A Victorian man in his sixties is diagnosed with the corona virus.
  • He became unwell on January 23 – two days after his return from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
  • The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Center. He was rated good enough to stay at home.

January 30

  • A woman in her forties has a corona virus.
  • She was visiting from China and mainly spent time with her family.
  • She is being treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

February 1

  • A woman in her twenties in Melbourne appears to have the virus

February 22

  • Two passengers left positively from the Diamond Princess cruise ship test

QUEEN COUNTRY: 5

January 29

  • Queensland confirms its first case after a 44-year-old Chinese subject was diagnosed with the virus.
  • He is being treated at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

January 30

  • A 42-year-old Chinese woman who traveled in the same Wuhan travel group as the 44-year-old man tested positive. She is in stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

February 4

  • The corona virus has been diagnosed in an eight-year-old boy. He also comes from the travel group where the other Queensland cases came from

February 5

  • The case was found in a 37-year-old man who was a member of a group of nine Chinese tourists in quarantine on the Gold Coast

February 6

  • A 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with the corona virus of the same travel group that flew from Melbourne to Queensland on January 27

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 2

February 1

  • A Chinese couple in their 60s who arrived in Adelaide from Wuhan to visit relatives have been confirmed to have a corona virus.

CHINA: 2

January 30

  • It has been confirmed that two Australians have the virus in Wuhan itself. Australia has increased the travel alarm level to ‘not traveling’ for the city of Wuhan – the epicenter of the outbreak – and for the entire Hubei province.
  • Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says that unless people are in contact with someone who doesn’t feel well and comes from that part of China, there is no cause for concern.

JAPAN: 15

  • From 15 February, 47 Australians are among 219 confirmed cases of the corona virus contracted aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama.
  • Two more Australians on board tested positive after being evacuated to Darwin on February 22

QUEEN COUNTRY: 4

  • Four Australians test positive for coronavirus after being evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship
  • Two Queensland women, 54 and 55 years old, tested positive for COVID-19 and are flown to Brisbane for further treatment.
  • Previously, a 78-year-old man from Western Australia was transferred to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. His wife travels with him but is then isolated for two weeks at home.

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