Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania



29 January 2020

Peter Gutwein, Premier

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Sarah Courtney, Minister for Health

Coronavirus update

The Tasmanian Government regards the health and safety of all Tasmanians, particularly our children, as a number one priority.

Consistent with national advice, the Tasmanian Government recommends:

  • Contacts of confirmed novel coronavirus cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days following exposure; and
  • People entering Tasmania from Hubei Province of China must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province, unless seeking medical care.

This means that Tasmanian students and staff who have recently been in Hubei Province in China should not attend childcare, schools, or other educational settings until 14 days after leaving Hubei Province.

All Tasmanians, including parents and carers, should be alert for symptoms in people who were recently in China, including fever, cough and breathing difficulties.

At the time of this statement, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in in Tasmania. The Australian Government has advised there is no cause for alarm and the risk to the public remains low.

The Australian Government Department of Health has developed some important advice on coronavirus, which is available at the following link: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov. Information is updated frequently.

We will continue to take advice from the Director of Public Health and Australian Government, and closely monitor the situation in the coming days and weeks.



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