Australian Chief Medical Officer Says China Coronavirus Outbreak Is Difficult To Prevent
CHINA CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK – Due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, Australian health authorities will begin screening passengers coming from China.
However, according to their health officers, the outbreak would be hard to prevent. Meanwhile, Chinese authorities had confirmed over 200 individuals were diagnosed with the new virus.
This new type of SARS-like virus had already taken 4 lives in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The most recent of which was an 89-year-old man.
According to an article from ABS-CBN, the chief medical officer for the Australian Government Brendan Murphy stated that biosecurity officials would begin screening passengers from Wuhan starting Thursday.
Passengers would receive information pamphlets and asked to present themselves if they are feeling symptoms of fever or suspect if they have the virus.
But, Murphy emphasized that the measures would only give limited protection. As per the article, Murphy made this statement:
You cannot absolutely prevent the spread of disease into the country. The incubation period is probably a week
It’s about identifying those with a high risk and making sure those who have a high risk know about it and know how to get medical attention
As per the article, there would be around 160 flights that land in Australia from China each week. With this, Murphy said they could land via other locations.
But, there would only be three flights coming in from Wuhan each week that would arrive in Sydney. Also, due to the Lunar New Year holidays fast approaching, Australia expects an influx of Chinese tourists.
However, despite the risks, Murphy stated that Australia would not start scanning passengers that show higher body temperatures.
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