Passengers arriving in Sydey given leaflets telling them to “see a doctor” if they suffered from symptoms of coronavirus

Passengers arriving in Sydey given leaflets telling them to “see a doctor” if they suffered from symptoms of coronavirus

Here is confirmation that Australian authorities are telling passngers from Wuhan to “consult a doctor” if they feel unwell.



This disease has an incubation period of several days. 



Imagine the potential for spreading this disease.

The
last flight from Wuhan: Plane full of passengers from coronavirus
epicentre lands in Sydney as death toll soars to 17 and China
QUARANTINES city of 11m

  • Biosecurity
    staff screened passengers who had landed on the final flight out of
    Wuhan at Sydney Airport

  • Normally
    3 direct flights from Wuhan to Sydney a week, but officials have
    placed Chinese city in lockdown

  • A
    plane with hundreds of passengers from the city landed in Sydney on
    Thursday at just after 11am

  • One
    international student said he was quizzed by officials on way into
    airport and asked if he was unwell

  • Passengers
    also given leaflets telling them to see a doctor if they suffered
    from symptoms of coronavirus

Passengers from the final flight from Wuhan - the epicentre of the coronavirus - are seen walking through arrivals at Sydney Airport on Thursday

the Daily Mail.

23
January, 2020

Hundreds
of passengers today arrived in Australia from the Chinese city of
Wuhan, the epicentre of a new deadly virus which is spreading around
the world.

The
passengers from China Eastern flight MU749 were wearing masks as they
made their way through Sydney Airport’s arrivals hall just before
midday after a 10-hour night flight on an A332 plane that can hold
234 people.

The
flight was one of the last to leave the city of 11million before a
quarantine was put in place and all outbound trains and planes were
cancelled.


The passengers from China Eastern flight MU749 were wearing masks as they made their way through Sydney Airport's arrivals hall

The
passengers were screened in China before they boarded and, when their
aircraft landed, they were asked by the pilot to declare if they felt
unwell.

NSW
Health had a team of four nurses and doctors, who wore masks but not
full HAZMAT suits, at the airport to interview anyone who had
cold-like symptoms before they went through customs.

The
passengers were also screened by thermal imaging to check their
temperatures – and given leaflets in English and Mandarin telling
them to see a doctor if they suffered sweats, breathing difficulties
or chills.

A
plan was in place to take any passenger suspected of being infected
to Westmead Hospital – but nobody was found to be sick.

One
international student from Wuhan who was on the flight told Daily
Mail Australia he was quizzed by officials on the way into the
airport.

‘A
group of doctors wearing masks asked me if I had a cold and if I felt
unwell, which I didn’t,’ he said.

‘They
checked my temperature and then let me through. I got lucky because
I’m on the last flight out of Wuhan.

‘The
situation isn’t that bad there, it’s not as bad as all the scare
stories.’


In a chilling warning, professor of global biosecurity at UNSW Dr Raina McIntyre said even using thermal imaging to detect passengers with high temperatures may not stop the virus getting into Australia

Another
passenger said they realised the situation was bad in Wuhan when the
city was isolated

‘I
was shocked when I heard that flights and trains were cancelled. To
tell people not to leave during New Year is a drastic measure.’

One
passenger said officials went up and down the plane when it landed,
quizzing all the passengers.

‘They
checked everyone but I wasn’t really worried,’ she said.

A
passenger named Kevin Ouyang, who held up his information leaflet as
he posed for photos, said people travelling to Australia are worried
about going home if the virus spreads.

‘People
are very worried,’ he said. ‘It’s a big city.’

Flight
crew were seen walking through the arrivals hall with masks and
gloves. The captain, wearing sunglasses and a mask, was directed
though the hall as a scrum of photographers took pictures.

Dozens
of the passengers are likely to be visiting Australia as tourists or
for family re-unions ahead of the Lunar New Year on Saturday, raising
fears they will be traveling to places with large crowds such as
Bondi Beach and the Sydney Opera House.

Staff
working at shops in the arrivals hall said they were on high alert as
the flight from Wuhan landed.

One
mobile phone shop worker, who asked not to be named, told Daily Mail
Australia: ‘We’re very concerned about it and we’re taking
precautions such as regularly washing our hands’.

A
currency exchange worker said she was concerned because she had been
getting more ill more than usual since working in the airport.

She
said: ‘It’s really scary and I’m really worried about the virus
because it’s easy for us working in the airport to catch infections.
I would say I get a cold every few weeks – just because of the number
of people passing through.

‘Cancelling
flights from Wuhan is a good thing,’ she added.

Workers
at the Sydney Airport information desk said they had been told by
their bosses not to speak to the media under any circumstances.

The
new coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan last month. It is believed to
have spread from animals in the city’s market and has already killed
17 and spread to five countries including the US.

Doctors
on Wednesday said the number of cases around the world may be as high
as 10,000.

Today’s
flight from Wuhan was the last one to enter Sydney before the
quarantine imposed by the Chinese government.

‘The
rise in the mobility of the public has objectively increased the risk
of the epidemic spreading,’ Chinese National Health Commission vice
minister Li Bin said.

Experts
fear the new coronavirus, which is not yet named, may already be in
Australia even though no-one in the country has been diagnosed.

In
an interview with Daily Mail Australia on Thursday morning, Dr Raina
McIntyre, professor of global biosecurity at UNSW, said: ‘It is
possible that someone who is incubating the infection but is not yet
ill is in the country.

‘People
can be incubating the disease and not have fever when they enter the
country.’

In
a chilling warning, Dr McIntyre said even using thermal imaging to
detect passengers with high temperatures may not stop the virus
getting into Australia.

She
said: ‘Some infections involve transmission of virus before any
symptoms appear – influenza is a classic example of this.’

‘SARS,
Ebola and MERS CoV tend to only be infectious when people are sick
and have clear symptoms, so thermoscanning is more useful in such
infections. We do not know yet whether this new coronavirus can be
spread in the absence of symptoms. If it is like SARS, it is
unlikely, but this needs to be confirmed with research.’

Dr
McIntyre said that new measures must be put in place to stop the
deadly infection spreading, including new triage protocols in
hospitals.

She
said: ‘What would really help detect cases and prevent outbreaks is
automated triage protocols in emergency departments and general
practice – where if a patient presents with fever, health workers are
prompted to ask if they have travelled recently.

‘If
they have, and if they have returned from China, this would then
trigger a protocol for isolating the patient and contacting relevant
health authorities.

‘Time
and time again we see failure of hospital triage when travel history
is not asked – MERS CoV in South Korea for example – resulting in
preventable epidemics. Providing returning passengers with
information cards on who to contact should they develop symptoms is
also useful.’

The
Chinese city of Wuhan was placed under quarantine on Thursday four
hours after China Eastern flight MU749 took off in an effort to stop
the spread of the killer coronavirus believed to have originated
there.

No
one will be allowed to enter or leave Wuhan, a city of 11 million in
China’s Hubei province, as one of the country’s busiest travel
seasons surrounding the Lunar New Year kicks off.

The
crack team at Sydney Airport were set to include four NSW Health
doctors and nurses experienced in public health and infection control
alongside virology experts from Westmead Hospital and elsewhere.

The
Chinese city of Wuhan was placed under quarantine on Thursday in an
effort to stop the spread of the killer coronavirus believed to have
originated there. A plane carrying hundreds of passengers from the
city to Sydney has landed on Thursday

The
team were due to wear masks and gloves when examining anyone with
symptoms, NSW Health protection executive director Jeremy McAnulty
said.

‘If
it looks like they may have an infection … we can arrange for
testing and management of that person right away,’ Dr McAnulty said.

Experts
at Westmead Hospital can rapidly diagnose patients although if
someone is very unwell they could be taken to a hospital closer to
the airport.

Dr
McAnulty said identifying potential carriers at the airport was ‘not
foolproof by any means’ because people who’ve been exposed to the
virus may not display symptoms for days.

The
virus is thought to have spread into humans from a Wuhan seafood
market ‘which illegally traded wild animals’ before travelers carried
it to at least five other countries – Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea,
Japan and the United States.

World
Health Organization (WHO) officials met Wednesday to decide whether
to declare the outbreak a ‘public health emergency of international
concern’, but members’ opinions were ‘split’ and the committee will
reconvene Thursday.

Experts
say its possible up to 10,000 people in China alone have been exposed
to the virus, called 2019-nCoV, which is from the same family that
caused previous outbreaks of SARS and MERS, killing hundreds of
people in dozens of countries.

China’s
National Health Commission said the virus had been mutating, making
it more difficult to control.

Wuhan
will temporarily shut down airport and train stations for outgoing
passengers as authorities attempt to control the spread of the virus.

Residents
have been urged not to leave the city, however, as it is the Lunar
New Year holiday many will be planning trips.

‘If
it’s not necessary we suggest that people don’t come to Wuhan,’
Wuhan’s mayor Zhou Xianwang said.



This is what goes for coverage from the Sydney Morning Herald. There was NOTHING I could find on NZ’s Stuff

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