The Australian Government has confirmed 100 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia.
Across the world, there have been more than 113,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 3900 reported deaths.
There have been three reported deaths in Australia. More than 50 cases have been reported in New South Wales.
Twelve cases have been confirmed in Victoria and Queensland, six in South Australia, two in Tasmania and four in Western Australia.
Of the 100 Australian cases reported, 22 of these cases are reported to have recovered. Of confirmed cases reported globally, the case fatality rate is approximately 3.9 per cent.
The case fatality rate in countries and regions outside mainland China is approximately 2.4 per cent. The majority of new cases are reported from Republic of Korea, Italy and Iran.
NZ cases rise to five
To date, New Zealand has five confirmed cases based on positive test results and two probable cases. Of the confirmed cases, one patient is in Auckland Hospital and continues to improve. Of the other confirmed cases, none requires hospital level care.
“Protecting the health of New Zealanders is our number one priority. It’s good the key public health measures of strict border controls, self-isolation for people who have come from overseas hot-spots or been in contact with local cases have had the desired impact so far,” director general of Health Ashley Bloomfield said.
“Now is the time to be even more vigilant. Everyone can help by ensuring good health etiquette – washing hands for twenty seconds, sneezing into your arm and not touching your face. Fundamental to this is not putting yourself or others at risk if you are unwell – not going to work or being out in public if you are sick.
“All of us have a role to play in stopping further spread.”
Earlier this week the Australian Government announced it had secured an additional 54 million face masks to help protect medical professionals working to stop the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
It follows a warning from WHO that severe and mounting disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) – caused by rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse – is putting lives at risk from the new coronavirus and other infectious diseases.
The Global BioRisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA has published three tip sheets for cleaning and restoration professionals addressing COVID-19.
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