The federal government has tightened its travel restrictions in relation to Iran – anyone who has returned since 19 February must self-isolate
Two Australians have been diagnosed with a coronavirus infection that was acquired in the community and cannot be traced back to a source. Both people worked with vulnerable people, including hospital patients and the elderly.
There are now 42 confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia, including one death, prompting the federal government to tighten its travel restrictions in relation to Iran, with anyone who has returned since 19 February required to self-isolate for 14 days.
On Wednesday the New South Wales health minister, Brad Hazzard, said a 50-year-old woman working at the BaptistCare Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care facility in northern Sydney had tested positive to Covid-19. On Monday, a 53-year-old doctor working at Ryde hospital was also diagnosed.
The aged care worker became ill at work on 24 February, at which point she was isolated, and there is concern she may have spread the virus to patients and staff she was in close contact with in the 24 hours prior, Hazzard said. The woman is currently stable and in isolation at Royal North Shore hospital.