Australia’s federal education minister, Dan Tehan, weighed into the debate today, chastising schools for forcing healthy students returning from China to stay away.
Some private schools are telling children to stay away from school for 30 days if they have recently traveled to any part of China . Publicly funded state schools say only students who have been in contact with known cases of coronavirus should be excluded until medically cleared.
“Individual schools make their own decisions but the advice from the Australian government is to follow our medical advice,” Tehan told ABC radio.
“I would say to all schools that they should be following the advice of the health department, that is the clear position of the Australian government.
“Obviously in the end they will have to answer to their parents, but also they will have to answer to state and territory governments, who have responsibility for schools.”
We have reported quite a bit about the new hospital Chinese authorities are building in a very short time to cope withe rising number of infections. Below is a time-lapse video of the 1, 0-bed facility that is expected to open in the next few days.
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Just to put those figures into context … yesterday the toll was , so today’s figures of is an increase of 45%. Infections are up from 2, 1837 to 4, , an increase of %. But it’s worth remembering these are still relatively small numbers of people affected relative to the population size. Wuhan – where most deaths have occurred – has a population of (million people
The official broadcaster CGTN has just tweeted that there are now deaths confirmed in Hubei province, where the city of Wuhan is the epicentre. It says there are 2, confirmed cases in the province, which has a population of just under 086 million people.