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Chinese student spends A$20,000 to get to class due to Coronavirus travel ban in Australia

Karen Ji is a Chinese student studying law and business in Sydney, Australia.

When the Australian government announced a ban on travel from mainland China, Karen had to decide what to miss at the beginning of the university, or the cost of traveling to a third country.

She told the BBC that she ended up spending $ 20,000 (£ 10,000; $ 13,200) and had two weeks of isolation in Thailand to attend classes on time.

Beginning on January 23, 2020, biosafety officials began screening travelers for three flights a week from Wuhan to Sydney. Passengers received a small Pam of information and asked to show themselves if they had a fever or suspected that they might have the disease.[ 2]

On January 25, the first confirmed case was announced in Victoria, a 50-year-old Chinese citizen who travelled to Melbourne from Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on cz321 Southern Airlines, on January 19. [3]he received treatment at the Monash Medical Center in Melbourne. [4][ 5]

On 25 January, three patients were declared New South Wales (NSW) test positive. [6] [7]meanwhile, six New South Wales officers were observed and confirmed for hospital examination after their recent return from Wuhan.[ 8]]

On 27 January, the fifth case, the fourth in New South Wales, was announced. The patient was treated at Westmead Hospital in Sydney.[ 9][ 10]]

On January 29, a 60-year-old Victorian resident was identified as the second Victorian resident. Another patient tested positive in Queensland’s first case, a 44-year-old Chinese from Wuhan was isolated at the University Hospital on the Gold Coast.They were the sixth and seventh cases respectively.

On 30 January, a Chinese citizen in Victoria was confirmed as the eighth case in the country.Later that day, the ninth case was confirmed in Queensland, becoming the second case in the state.

On 31 January 2020, the Australian government announced that foreign nationals from China would be forced to stay in a third country for two weeks and then be allowed to enter Australia.

On 1 February, the tenth case of the virus was declared in Victoria.

On 2 February, two more cases occurred in South Australia, with a 60-year-old male and a 60-year-old female visiting relatives from Wuhan.

On February 4, an 8-year-old male Chinese national was identified as the 13th in Australia, the third in Queensland (Queensland). He was on the same tour as the seventh and ninth cases.

On February 5, a 37-year-old male Chinese national was identified as the Fourteenth case in Australia and the fourth case in Queensland. He was on the same tour as the seventh, ninth and thirteenth cases.

On 6 February, a 37-year-old Chinese female national was identified as the fifteenth case in Australia and the fifth in Queensland. She was in the same travel group with the seventh, ninth, thirteenth and Fourteenth cases.

As of 16 February, 15 confirmed cases had occurred in the country. Eight of these cases have been reinstated.

On February 26, the only new COVID-19 test case found in Australia in the last two weeks was the return of eight Australian passengers from the Diamond Princess. At the time, there was no evidence of community transmission in Australia.

On February 27, the Prime Minister of Australia announced that the country is launching a new type of coronary emergency plan (COVID-19) for the Australian health sector, noting that the rapid spread of the virus outside China has prompted the government to improve its response.

On 28 February, a 63-year-old woman was the latest confirmed case of COVID-19. She recently returned to Australia from Iran and was quarantined at the Gold Coast University Hospital.According to Dr. Jeanette Young, Queensland’s chief health officer, the woman did a great job. When she flew to Australia, she was in good health and then headed to the Gold Coast on February 24. She only began to show symptoms on February 27. At this point, she talked to her manager and went home, and then went to the Gold Coast University Hospital for testing, where she was quarantined.

On 29 February 2020, the Australian government announced that foreign nationals from Iran would be forced to spend two weeks in a third country before being allowed to enter Australia.

Produced and edited by Isabelle Rodd; interview by Phil Mercer; camera by Matt Leiper



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