The fourth case of the potentially deadly coronavirus has been confirmed in Queensland.
- The man was travelling in the same tour group as the three other confirmed cases in Queensland
- All four people are in Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition
- The number of deaths in China is 490, with more than 24,000 infected worldwide
A 37-year-old man from Wuhan, China, is currently isolated at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
He is a member of the same tour group as the three other people in the state who have tested positive to the virus.
A 44-year-old man, a 42-year-old woman and an eight-year-old boy are still in hospital in a stable condition.
Five others from the same tour group remain in isolation in hospital.
The man is the 14th person in Australia to be infected with the virus. There are four cases each in NSW and Victoria and two cases in South Australia to go with the four in Queensland.
As of Wednesday, the number of deaths in China from the virus had reached 490, and there are 24,567 confirmed infections, according to John Hopkins University.
Queensland Heath ramped up testing across the state on Tuesday.
Health Minister Steven Miles told State Parliament collection sites were expanded to private pathologies.
“QML and Sullivan & Nicolaides Pathology are now equipped to collect samples from travellers who have been in China or anyone who might have been in contact with an infected patient,” he said.
“This means most towns and suburbs in Queensland have somewhere that can take a sample to test for coronavirus.”
Mr Miles said providing more collection points gave doctors more options.
“They can choose to collect samples themselves or refer to a collection point,” he said.
“It makes testing much more accessible and should allay concerns from GPs.”
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