Grandfather is the last Australian to be diagnosed with coronavirus after catching it on a cruise ship
Grandfather, 80, is confirmed as the newest Australian in whom the deadly corona virus is diagnosed after he has been caught on the cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan
- An 80-year-old man from Perth has contracted a corona virus on a cruise ship for Japan
- He will be moved from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama to the hospital
- There are 219 cases of the virus aboard the ship, including 15 Australians
A grandfather has been confirmed as the newest Australian who was diagnosed with the deadly corona virus after catching it on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan.
The 80-year-old from Perth will be relocated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama to be treated in a mainland hospital.
There are 219 cases of the virus aboard the ship, of which 15 Australians have contracted the disease.
The Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, because infected travelers are quarantined
According to reports on February 14, 218 passengers on the ship tested positive for the corona virus, including an older man from Perth
There are more than 200 Australians on the ship with more than 3,500 passengers.
Health officials approved the disembarkation of 11 older passengers who brought back negative results when tested for coronavirus.
It is hoped that other older passengers will be approved to leave the ship before the 14-day quarantine period ends on February 19, amid concerns about health issues.
Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said on Thursday that passengers of 80 years or older who pass the virus test may leave the ship.
The measure was introduced amid concerns about the health of passengers with chronic health problems or in cabins without windows that can be opened.
“We are doing our utmost for the health of the crew members and passengers staying on the ship,” Kato told a press conference.
The 80-year-old, from Perth, is being moved from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama to be treated in a mainland hospital
The woman Marcelly from Perth, who did not give her last name, told ABC radio a doctor told her father Val on Friday morning that he had tested positive for the virus and would be taken to the hospital.
Her mother Iris returned a negative result and stays on the ship.
They were both boarded in ‘fantastic health’ in Perth.
“He really feels really good – that’s the strange thing about this situation,” she said.
“Many of the crew members also got sick preparing the food, so there are people who say it might come from the food, but there is nothing convincing.
“My mother and father both had a somewhat mild gastro.”
She said her main concern was to stay in touch with her father because he has no cell phone.
Confirmation is sought at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
An ambulance drives to the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama
AUSTRALIA WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
NEW SOUTH WALES: 4
- Three men aged 43, 53 and 35 who had recently traveled to China have been confirmed to 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A woman in her twenties in Melbourne appears to have the virus
QUEEN COUNTRY: 5
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- A Chinese couple in their sixties who arrived from Wuhan in Adelaide to visit relatives confirmed that they have coronavirus.
- 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.
- From 15 February, 15 Australians are among the 219 confirmed cases of the corona virus contracted aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama.