Australia has confirmed its 14th case of the coronavirus

Dr Jeannette Young, the Australian chief health officer, said the latest case was the fourth confirmed positive test of novel coronavirus in Queensland. She said.

The 37-year-old man, a Chinese national from Wuhan (Hubei province), is currently isolated in the Gold Coast University hospital (GCUH).

The man is a member of the same tour group travelling with the previously confirmed cases – a 44-year-old man, a 42-year-old woman and an eight-year-old boy.
All four people who have been confirmed to have novel coronavirus are stable.

It's the state's fourth confirmed case of the virus, while there are four each in NSW and Victoria, and two cases in South Australia

Of those, three people have recovered and been released.The five others from the same tour group remain in isolation in GCUH.

The group flew to Queensland from Melbourne on January 27, and have spent the last week in isolation in the Gold Coast University Hospital.

More than 20 countries have confirmed cases of the virus, which has killed nearly 500 people and infected more than 24,000 in mainland China.

Two Australians on a cruise ship off Japan also contracted coronavirus after being exposed by a previous passenger.

The pair were among 10 people including three each from Japan and Hong Kong, one from the US and one Filipino crew member who tested positive aboard the Diamond Princess.

Japan has quarantined the vessel carrying 223 Australians among 2666 guests and 1045 crew at Yokohama, south of Tokyo.

Diamond Princess was due to depart Yokohama on an eight-day round trip but the vessel will remain in quarantine for two weeks while Japanese authorities attempt to contain further spread of the virus.

The outbreak has prompted the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency, several governments to institute travel restrictions and airlines to suspend flights to and from China.

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