Australia reports 100th coronavirus case

Australian Government confirms 100 local cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) as death toll rises to three.

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.

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.

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.

On 30 January 2020, WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

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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