Timeline: how Australia responded to the corona virus outbreak

Timeline created by Kitty_G
  • The first case of the new corona virus in Wuhan, China is detected

    First case of the novel corona virus is detected in Wuhan.
  • Chinese authorities confirm they have identified the novel virus

    "Chinese authorities confirm they have identified the novel virus, named 2019-nCoV." (theguardian.com)
  • The first death from Wuhan is linked to the virus

    "The first death, of a 61-year-old man from Wuhan is linked to the virus." (theguardian.com)
  • Chinese authorities confirm the virus can spread from person-to-person.

    "Chinese authorities confirm the virus can spread from person-to-person. The novel coronavirus with pandemic potential is added as a listed human disease under the Biosecurity Act of 2015, enabling the use of enhanced border measures in Australia."(theguardian.com)
  • Additional proportionate border measures are in place, with bio-security and border security staff in Australia

    "Australia’s chief medical officer, Brendan Murphy, explains that “additional proportionate border measures” are in place, with bio-security and border security staff to meet passengers from three direct flights a week from Wuhan to Sydney." (theguardian.com)
  • The first case of corona virus in Australia is confirmed

    "The first case of coronavirus in Australia is confirmed – a man from Wuhan who Murphy says travelled on flight CZ321 from Guangzhou to Melbourne on 19 January. “He was well when he arrived but developed an illness during the last week and is currently in stable condition under isolation in a hospital in Melbourne,” Murphy says. A further three cases are confirmed in Sydney – all three men – one who arrived on 6 January, one on 19 January and one on 20 January."(theguardian.com)
  • The Australian expert committee confirms its position “that any child that has been a contact of someone who has this disease should be excluded from school for 14 days”

    "The Australian expert committee confirms its position “that any child that has been a contact of someone who has this disease should be excluded from school for 14 days”, he says.
    “But children who are well who have not had any contact or any exposure to an infected person that may have come back from China, should not be excluded.” " (theguardian.com)
  • Murphy advises that “there is no need for the Australian public to wear masks”

    "Murphy advises that “there is no need for the Australian public to wear masks” because there has been no human-to-human transmission in Australia."(theguardian.com)
  • Seven confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in Australia

    "There are now seven confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in Australia: one in Queensland, two in Victoria, and four in New South Wales." (theguardian.com)
  • The World Health Organization declares a public health emergency

    "The World Health Organization declares a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of coronavirus.
    Murphy says Australia has been “been calling for that for some days”. “It doesn’t mean much for Australia,” he says. “We are already responding very actively to ensure that we detect and contain any cases of this virus that have been exported here from China.”" (theguardian.com)
  • The Australian government announces that foreign arrivals from mainland China will not be allowed entry into Australia

    "The Australian government announces that foreign arrivals from mainland China will not be allowed entry into Australia. Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, legal guardians and spouses are excepted from the measure. The government also raised the travel advice warning to level four, recommending that no Australian travel to mainland China."(theguardian.com)
  • There are now 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia

    "There are now 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia, although a third case in NSW was discharged having cleared the virus. Internationally, there are approximately 14,561 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV, and 305 deaths have been reported – a 2.09% fatality rate." (theguardian.com)
  • New Zealand follows Australia and eight other countries’ lead

    "New Zealand follows Australia and eight other countries’ lead – closing its borders to any foreigners arriving from China – including those who have passed through in transit." (theguardian.com)