Seventh coronavirus case confirmed in Victoria
A seventh person in Victoria has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
A third passenger from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the state's total number of cases to seven, the state's chief health officer Brett Sutton confirmed today.
The trio were repatriated to Victoria and are recovering in isolation.
It comes as Eastern Health – one of Melbourne's largest public health services - confirmed to 9News six staff members were undertaking self-isolation amid coronavirus fears.
Eastern Health's Box Hill Hospital is located in the centre of Melbourne's Chinese community, in the eastern suburb of Box Hill.
Chief Medical Officer at Eastern Health, Dr Alison Dwyer, said they had no confirmed cases of coronavirus at the hospital, or any of their facilities.
"Eastern Health at present has only six staff that are undertaking self-isolation," Dr Dwyer said.
"Self-isolation is only advised if people are returned travellers from mainland China or are determined to be a close contact of a confirmed case as per Department of Health And Human Services (DHHS) guidelines.
"Eastern Health are continuing to follow the DHHS processes in regards COVID-19."
There are more than 20 confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia, after the confirmation of several positive cases among the group of 164 evacuees from the Diamond Princess.
Globally, nearly 78,000 people have been infected in 29 countries.
People who have been in mainland China in the past fortnight should self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the Asian nation, authorities advise.
- Reported with AAP