First 4 cases of coronavirus in Australia

China Virus
Workers take the body temperature of passengers before they enter the subway station outside the Beijing Railway Station in central Beijing, January 25, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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Australia confirmed its first four cases from China’s coronavirus outbreak.

Three men, aged 53, 43 and 35 in New South Wales were in stable condition after they were confirmed to have the virus after returning from Wuhan earlier this month, the state’s health minister, Brad Hazzard said.

A Chinese national in his 50s, who had been in Wuhan, was also in stable condition in a Melbourne hospital after arriving from China on January 19th.

In China, the death toll jumped to 41 from 26. Many transport links and tourist sites are shut down.

Pictures uploaded to social media on January 25, 2020 by the Central Hospital of Wuhan show medical staff attending to patients, in Wuhan, China. THE CENTRAL HOSPITAL OF WUHAN VIA WEIBO /via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MUST ON SCREEN COURTESY “THE CENTRAL HOSPITAL OF WUHAN VIA WEIBO”.

More than 1,300 people have been infected globally with a virus traced to a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife. Health authorities around the world are scrambling to prevent a pandemic.

Hu Yinghai, deputy director-general of the Civil Affairs Department in Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, made an appeal for masks and protective suits. Hospitals in the city have made similar pleas.

Pictures uploaded to social media on January 25, 2020 by the Central Hospital of Wuhan show medical staff attending to a patient, in Wuhan, China. THE CENTRAL HOSPITAL OF WUHAN VIA WEIBO /via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MUST ON SCREEN COURTESY “THE CENTRAL HOSPITAL OF WUHAN VIA WEIBO”.

Authorities have since imposed transport restrictions on nearly all of Hubei province, which has a population of 59 million.