To limit the spread of the virus, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Murphy, said biosecurity officials would begin screening passengers arriving on the three weekly flights to Sydney from Wuhan starting on 23 January. Passengers would also be given an information pamphlet and asked to present themselves if they had a fever or suspected they might have the disease.
On 25 January, the first confirmed case was announced, a Chinese national in his 50s who had travelled from Guangzhou to Melbourne via China Southern Airlines flight CZ321 on 19 January. He is receiving treatment at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne.
On 25 January, it was announced that three patients had tested positive in New South Wales. Within the same day, six people in New South Wales were being held under observation and confirmed to undergo hospital testing after having recently returned from Wuhan.
On 27 January, NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant announced in a press conference that a fifth patient had tested positive for the virus, the fourth case in the state of New South Wales. The patient is currently undergoing treatment at Westmead Hospital in Sydney.
On 29 January, a 60-year-old Victorian resident was confirmed as the sixth patient in Australia, and the second patient in Victoria.
On 29 January, a suspect patient tested positive for the virus in Queensland, the first case in the state and the seventh in the country, a 44-year-old Chinese national from Wuhan who was isolated at the Gold Coast Hospital.
On 30 January, a Chinese national in Victoria was confirmed as the eighth case of the virus in the country. A ninth case was confirmed later in the day in Queensland, the second case in the state.
As of 30 January, the country has 72 suspected cases that are under investigation.
On 1 February, the eleventh case of the virus was announced in Victoria.
On 2 February, two more cases were confirmed in South Australia, a 60-year-old male and a 60-year-old female travelling from Wuhan to visit family, bringing the total cases in Australia to 12.
As of 6 February, the country has 14 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.