A further case of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed today – bringing to 12 the total number of cases in Victoria.

The latest case is a woman in her 50s, a visitor from Indonesia, who flew from Jakarta to Perth on 27 February.  She was well on the international flight.

While staying in Perth she developed symptoms on 29 February.

She arrived in Melbourne from Perth on Virgin Airlines flight VA682 on Monday 2 March and saw a GP in Melbourne on Friday 6 March who ordered a COVID-19 test.

She was confirmed positive last night following a series of tests.

The case is now well and in home-isolation, being cared for by family members.

While in Melbourne she visited the Pho Hung Vuong 2 Vietnamese Restaurant in Richmond on 6 March for about 40 minutes between 6pm and 7pm. There are no other public exposure sites for this case in Melbourne.

The Department of Health and Human Services is contacting people on Virgin Airlines flight VA682.

Anyone who was at Pho Hung Vuong 2 Vietnamese Restaurant during the above times should be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 and should contact the Department on 1300 651 160 for advice.

There is no ongoing risk for patrons of the restaurant.

All close contacts of the visitor will be provided support and education and monitored closely for signs and symptoms of illness. All are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

Health authorities in Western Australia are managing other potential exposure sites in Perth.  Passengers on the international flight from Jakarta to Perth do not need to be contacted as the case was well on that flight.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has a hotline for public information on COVID-19 which is 1800 675 398.

For more information visit Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the DHHS website.

Background

The Victorian Government is recommending that people who have travelled to mainland China, Iran, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea or Thailand and become unwell seek medical advice and be tested for COVID-19.

The current Australian Government advice is to not travel to China, Iran or South Korea.

Visitors from mainland China, South Korea and Iran who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, or their dependents will not be allowed entry into Australia.

Any Australian citizens or permanent residents who do return from mainland China, Iran or South Korea are required to self-isolate for 14 days after leaving those countries.

In addition, healthcare workers and residential aged care workers who have returned from Italy should not work in a healthcare facility or residential aged care facility for 14 days after returning from these countries.

Additional cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 are expected in Victoria as this illness continues to spread across the world.

Medical practitioners have been advised to consider testing anyone with compatible illness (fever or respiratory symptoms) who has recently travelled overseas, with a focus on current areas of high risk.

Before visiting your GP or emergency department you should call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.Hands should be washed regularly with soap and water. Respiratory and cough etiquette should be observed at all times. If you feel sick, avoid contact with others.

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