Chinese student tests positive for coronavirus in Australia


A 20-year-old university student from China has become the 34th case of coronavirus in Australia.

The young man, who is understood to have spent 14 days 'self-quarantined' in Dubai, flew into Brisbane on February 23.

It comes amid fears Chinese students are exploiting loopholes in the China travel ban, spending two weeks in other countries before arriving in Australia.

A student at the University of Queensland, he became unwell two days after arriving in Brisbane. 

Government figures show 1,477 students arrived in Australia on Friday and Saturday alone by abusing the loophole. 

The global death toll from the disease, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has now topped 3,000.

Around 90,000 people were infected as of Tuesday morning, with the number climbing by the hour. 

Travellers in face masks at Brisbane airport

The student is currently in a stable condition in isolation in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. 

He was living in the Brisbane suburb of Toowong with a male housemate, who is now being assessed for the disease. 

Shortly after the 34th case was announced, Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed Australia is considering travel bans for South Korea and Italy.

Speaking on Tuesday lunchtime, Mr Morrison asked for a reassessment of travel and border control arrangement for higher risk groups in those countries.

'I would note that those cases are quite different to some of the others because we are dealing with more advanced health systems in those places,' he told reporters in Canberra.

'We will continue to look to the health advice, which has not been - up until this point - to make any changes to those arrangements.'

The prime minister has also consulted with supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths, with the fallout affecting global supply chains and consumer behaviour.

The student marks the 10th case of the killer respiratory disease in Queensland. 

Reports suggested the student had not been attending university since he flew back into Brisbane.  

A spokesman for the University of Queensland said: 'At this time, authorities do not believe that the student had visited any UQ campuses after arriving in Australia.

'We understand the student complied with the Federal Government's travel requirements. 

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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