1. Sydney doctor diagnosed with COVID-19 as six more cases confirmed in NSW.
A 53-year-old doctor from Sydney’s Ryde Hospital is one of the first person-to-person transmissions of coronavirus we’ve seen in Australia.
NSW Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant said he had been working with the “usual sort of patients we have, which is a diverse range of patients on our system”.
He is now being treated at Westmead Hospital.
Coronavirus Update: The doctor who was diagnosed yesterday with the coronavirus works at the Ryde Hospital. @NSWHealth are investigating his movements says Health Minister Brad Hazzard. The Chief Health Officer says they’re contacting his patients. #7NEWS https://t.co/oUwe2pYYYq
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) March 3, 2020
13 doctors, 23 nurses and four other health workers have been identified as close contacts of the doctor and are in home isolation.
Eight patients of the doctor are showing no symptoms, and a further 29 patients are being followed up.
There are 15 cases now in New South Wales, with the newly infected travelling here from Singapore, Iran, Japan and South Korea.
Meanwhile, fear is growing the Tokyo Olympics will have to be cancelled.
Japan’s Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto says a contract allows for the Games to be postponed within 2020 due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The IOC has started a two-day executive board meeting where the issue will be discussed. It is not yet known if any decision will be made, but recently the IOC has said the Games at present will be going ahead.
They have a three month window to decide the fate of the event, which will see athletes and spectators from every country descend on Japan which has nearly 990 cases of the infection.
Worldwide, there are currently 92,828 coronavirus cases and 3,164 dead.
More than 48,000 people have recovered from the virus.
In Australia, panic buying is snowballing, with supermarket shelves being stripped of toilet paper.