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Update: 3 February 2020

Novel coronavirus is a virus that was recently identified in China.  The Australian Government has advised that there is no cause for alarm and the risk to the public is currently low.  At this time there are no confirmed cases in Tasmania.

We are receiving regular advice from the Tasmanian Department of Health about the virus and implications for our training facilities.

In support of national advice, TasTAFE recommends the following for our students and staff:

  • those who have been in contact with any confirmed novel coronavirus case should not attend any TasTAFE training facility and remain isolated in their homes for 14 days following exposure;
  • those who have recently visited Hubei Province in China should not attend any TasTAFE training facility and remain isolated in their homes for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province; and;
  • those who have departed mainland China and arrived in Australia on or after the 1st of February should not attend any TasTAFE training facility and remain isolated in their homes for 14 days after leaving China.

If you develop flu-like symptoms and you have recently travelled overseas (to China in particular) you should telephone a doctor or emergency department before attending an appointment and let them know your travel history.

Australian border control and public health measures are in place to identify any person arriving in Australia from China who develops novel coronavirus infection to prevent further spread.

There is important advice from the Commonwealth Health Department. Australian health authorities are monitoring the situation daily and this advice may change. Visit the Australian Government Department of Health website to find current information relating to the education sector.

Specific information for international students travelling from mainland China is also available on the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They cause illnesses that can range from the common cold to more severe diseases. Novel Coronavirus (also called 2019-nCoV) is a new strain of Coronavirus affecting humans.

Symptoms can include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat, and/or shortness of breath.

More information

For more information, please visit the Federal Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer website.

Information regarding Coronavirus