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Boy, eight, becomes the third person to be diagnosed with coronavirus

Boy, eight, becomes the third person to be diagnosed with coronavirus in Queensland after travelling to Australia with a Chinese tour group

A child who travelled with two people confirmed to have coronavirus in Queensland has become the third person in the state diagnosed with the virus.

Queensland Health chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young on Tuesday night said the eight-year-old boy, who is a Chinese national from Wuhan, was confirmed as having coronavirus.

He was travelling with the 44-year-old man and 42-year-old woman diagnosed with the virus in Queensland last week.

A medical staffer works with test systems for the diagnosis of coronavirus, at the Krasnodar Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology microbiology lab in Krasnodar, Russia

A medical staffer works with test systems for the diagnosis of coronavirus, at the Krasnodar Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology microbiology lab in Krasnodar, Russia

A medical staffer works with test systems for the diagnosis of coronavirus, at the Krasnodar Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology microbiology lab in Krasnodar, Russia

All three are from Hubei province which is at the epicentre of the coronavirus in China.

The child is in a stable condition in isolation at Gold Coast University Hospital with the man and woman.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Steven Miles is rushing new laws through parliament to extend his existing health emergency order from one week to three months.

The move will give health officers more time to require the quarantine or isolation of suspected coronavirus cases and force people to undergo medical checks and tests.

The bill was introduced into state parliament on Tuesday, the first sitting day of 2020.

Mr Miles wants it to pass the house by Thursday. It would remain in place for 12 months and apply solely to the novel coronavirus.

More than 400 people have been assessed for coronavirus since screening started at Brisbane International Airport on Sunday.

Of the 13 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia so far, three have now been diagnosed in Queensland.

 

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