Coronavirus update

26 Mar 2020

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health, Public Health Services

Tasmania has today confirmed five cases of coronavirus.

This brings the State’s tally to 47.

Three of the cases are from Northern Tasmania, two are from the North West.

One of the cases is aged in their 70s. Two are aged in their 30s, and two are children.

All of the cases were passengers aboard the Ovation of the Seas, which docked in Sydney on 18 March.

There remains no evidence of community transmission in Tasmania, as all the cases are directly or indirectly linked to overseas travel.

All of the cases were already in self-quarantine and receiving daily contact from Public Health Services staff as they were passengers on a cruise ship where coronavirus cases had been detected. Accordingly, the two children had not been attending school.

The situation with coronavirus is changing regularly. People can stay up to date by visiting the Department of Health coronavirus website at http://www.health.tas.gov.au/coronavirus or the Australian Government Department of Health website at www.health.gov.au.

Anyone requiring more information about coronavirus should contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.