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Coronavirus disease update

Date of Publication: 
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 00

Coronavirus disease update – 21 February 2020

The Federal Government has announced it will extend a travel ban on foreign nationals who have recently been in mainland China for a further week from 22 February 2020, to protect Australians from the risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Restrictions remain in place for people who have recently returned to Australia from mainland China, with the following advice issued to staff and parents about attendance at schools and early childhood facilities:

In the following scenarios you cannot attend school or an early childhood centre:

  • If you have left or transited through mainland China - you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus - you must isolate yourself for 14 days after last contact with the confirmed case.

At this stage, SA Health advises that travellers from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand who have not been to mainland China are not required to self-isolate unless they are unwell, in which case they should seek medical assistance.

Information for parents and carers

The Department of Health has issued the following advice in relation to preventing the spread of viruses:

  • teach and encourage your children to wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after going to the toilet
  • avoid spreading infections to others by keeping children home if they are unwell
  • teach children to cough and sneeze into their elbow.

Parents seeking more information should be encouraged to call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 or visit the Department of Health's collection of coronavirus resources.

Information for schools, preschools and early childhood services

The Department of Health has information and resources for schools, preschools and early childhood services.