Covid-19 Update 5 March

Thursday 5 March 2020

Two people in South Australia have today tested positive for COVID-19. There have now been seven confirmed cases in South Australia. The two new cases have recently travelled overseas.

One of the confirmed cases is a 58-year-old man who travelled from Taiwan via Brisbane on EVA Airlines flight BR315, arriving on Tuesday 3 March 2020. He then travelled on Virgin Australia flight VA1394 from Brisbane to Adelaide, arriving in Adelaide on Tuesday 3 March 2020.

The 58-year-old is in isolation at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Contact tracing is underway, however anyone who was on the same flight should contact the Communicable Disease Control Branch by emailing health.coronavirusenquiries@sa.gov.au.

The other case is the 8-month old boy of the 40-year-old woman who was confirmed a positive case yesterday (4 March 2020). Together they travelled to Adelaide from Iran via Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Airlines flight MH139, arriving on Sunday 1 March 2020. They are both currently isolated at Flinders Medical Centre in a stable condition.

Following a positive test result late yesterday, a 24-year-old female is currently in the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a stable condition.

She recently travelled through Europe, including Italy. She returned to Adelaide from Abu Dhabi via Sydney on Etihad Airways flight EY450, arriving in Sydney on Saturday 29 February 2020. She then travelled on Virgin Australia flight VA412 from Sydney to Adelaide, arriving on 29 February 2020.

Anyone who was on the same flights as any of these cases should email health.coronavirusenquiries@sa.gov.au.

In addition, 14 South Australians are currently awaiting test results for COVID-19.

Background

COVID-19 can cause mild symptoms including fever, sore throat, coughing and fatigue. For some people, it can be more severe and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties and can even be fatal.

People should present to their medical provider if they are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 and have recently returned from mainland China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. Importantly, people should call ahead first so their medical provider can prepare for their visit and advise of travel history.

The Commonwealth has advised foreign nationals who were in Iran on or after 1 March 2020 will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days, from the time they have left or transited through Iran.

The travel ban has also been extended to include South Korea.

Other areas of interest include Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand, and clinicians will also consider testing people with symptoms who have travelled to these areas (excluding airport transit) in the 14 days before the onset of symptoms.

In line with Commonwealth advice, the following people must self-quarantine:

  • Returned travellers who have travelled in or transited through mainland China, Iran or South Korea must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving China, Iran or South Korea.
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case must isolate themselves at home for 14 days following the last possible contact with the confirmed case unless seeking medical care.
  • Anyone else being specifically tested for COVID-19 while awaiting test results.
  • Those seeking medical care must contact their medical provider before their arrival and wear a surgical mask if leaving home isolation

For the latest travel advice on COVID-19, visit smarttraveller.gov.au. For more information, contact the Coronavirus Health Information line on 1800 020 080 or go to sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.