Coronavirus worsens with 46 countries confirming virus infections – is it just starting?
Australia has reported cases of human-to-human transmission of the deadly coronavirus. Health officials in New South Wales are now tracing all contacts of a health worker who has recently tested positive for coronavirus. The healthcare worker is 53 years old, and one of the two cases of human-to-human transmission.
In NSW, there are three confirmed cases, two of which are human-to-human transmission. The first patient is a health worker in Sydney, and the other patient is a 41-year-old woman who has contracted the virus from her brother, who came from Iran. What the government is doing
Aside from laying down a plan in case the outbreak reaches Australia, the government can hold Australians once they manifest the symptoms of the coronavirus. Attorney-General Christian Porter has reiterated that the powers used to detain people at airports can be used elsewhere in the country.
The Biosecurity control orders give government officials who were designated by the chief medical officer to make a human biosecurity control order. For instance, all persons under investigation or those showing symptoms may need to provide contact details, update officers about their health status, undergo decontamination, limit movement by staying in the house for a specific time, provide samples for testing, undergo treatment or receive a vaccine, be isolated in a medical facility and remain in the country for up to 28 days.
If a person refuses, there is a power granted to the director of the program to compel the individual to comply. Current global situation
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has spread to more than 76 countries. The epicenter of the outbreak, Hubei province, has the highest number of infections and deaths. The total number of confirmed cases worldwide has reached over 92,000, and the death toll has reached 3,000 people.
Currently, three hotspots are being closely monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO) – South Korea, Iran, and Italy. The WHO reports six new countries with coronavirus cases – Dominican Republic, Iceland, Czechia, Armenia, Luxembourg, and Indonesia. The health agency has also sent health experts to Iran to support the COVID-19 response. Sources: World Health Organization (WHO). (2020). Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report – 42. https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200302-sitrep-42-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=63a4f9f2_2 World Health Organization (WHO). (2020). WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - February 28 2020. https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-opening-remarks-at-the-media-briefing-on-covid-19---28-february-2020 Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE - https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 Sixth COVID-19 case after woman returns from - Iran - https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/20200301_01.aspx Queensland coronavirus update - https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/doh-media-releases/releases/queensland-coronavirus-update12
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