The first case of the coronavirus in Australia has been confirmed in the capital Canberra, and police have warned the city could be in for a “very large” wave of infections.
Key points:The virus was first detected in Australia in the south-east, before spreading across the country on the west and east coastThe virus, which is linked to the coronatavirus, is spreading rapidly across Australia, with about 400 cases and at least 15 deaths reported in the past 24 hoursThe ACT Government has launched an “extreme measures” plan to deal with the virus, with hospitals and clinics being closed and people not allowed to leave their homes.
Key point:The coronaviruses are the main killer of coronaviral infections, but many people who contract it do not know they are infectedThe ACT is currently the only state that has not reported any cases of the virus.
“As a result of this, ACT Health has made a number of critical and urgent steps to ensure the safety of ACT residents and visitors,” a statement from the ACT Government said.
“These include closing all ACT hospitals, imposing mandatory quarantine measures for all persons entering the ACT, and limiting access to ACT public transport.”
The ACT government has also said it will increase the number of public health officers in its public health services to “be able to identify, isolate and contain outbreaks in a timely manner”.
It also announced it would provide more financial support to help people affected by the coronaval virus, as well as providing more support for the affected people affected.
The Government said there would be “very significant” financial relief for people who are in crisis, with the total amount payable to ACT Government for “financial assistance to those who have been affected by this coronavillosis outbreak”.
In a statement, ACT Premier Daniel Andrews said the Government had been working hard to identify and isolate the virus and prevent further outbreaks.
“Today, our Government announced that we have put together a very robust and detailed response plan to protect the ACT’s public health, to protect ACT residents, and to protect our health system from further infections,” he said.
The ACT Health and Hospitals Commissioning Group said a total of 4,000 people were being monitored for the coronavidirus outbreak.
“At the moment, it is still not clear whether any people have been infected with this coronavidovirus or if anyone has died,” the ACT Health Commissioner, Dr Jocelyn Evans, said.
The ACT Department of Health said it was “working closely with the ACT Chief Health Officer to assess the situation” and was “taking all appropriate measures to help manage the coronaviirus outbreak in the ACT”.
The ACT Chief Medical Officer Dr Richard Breslin said the ACT was doing everything possible to protect its residents and those visiting from overseas.
“The ACT has a highly developed health and safety infrastructure, which ensures our health workers are fully equipped to respond to outbreaks,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
“It is our duty to ensure that everyone is safe and sound, including those who may be visiting the ACT.”
Dr Breslins department said that in the coming days, it would be sending out a “vacation alert” to the public to help with the emergency response.
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