Aussies exposed as coronavirus spreads

Coronavirus evacuees will be quarantined on Christmas Island after being flown in from Wuhan.
Coronavirus evacuees will be quarantined on Christmas Island after being flown in from Wuhan.

LATEST ON THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK:

NATIONAL

* Australia has 14 confirmed cases - four in Queensland, four each in NSW and Victoria, two in South Australia

* Of those, three people have recovered and been released

* The latest case is a 37-year-old Chinese man from the same tour group from Wuhan as three other victims, including an eight-year-old boy. They are all in a Queensland hospital

* Two Australians on a cruise ship off Japan have also tested positive.

THE WORLD:

* More than 20 countries have confirmed cases

* China has more than 24,000 confirmed cases and 490 people have died

* One person has died in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines

* The World Health Organisation has declared a global health emergency.

HOW HAS AUSTRALIA REACTED?

* Australia has banned non-citizens flying to Australia from China

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected calls to compensate banned travellers

* The federal government has issued "do not travel" advice for China over virus fears.

THE EVACUATION TO CHRISTMAS ISLAND

* About 241 Australians evacuated from China's virus zone have been quarantined on Christmas Island for two weeks

* 35 are being evacuated on an Air NZ flight to Auckland and will then go to Christmas Island by charter plane, via Brisbane

* The island's field hospital will provide critical care, including a negative pressure room and isolation capacity

* The government will consider quarantining people in mainland mining camps and hotels if Christmas Island becomes full.

Australian Associated Press