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Coronavirus case confirmed in Victoria


A medical worker attends to a patient in the intensive care unit at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. China expanded its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushed to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital (Xiong Qi/Xinhua via AP)

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said on Saturday morning a case of the respiratory condition had been confirmed in a man who last week returned from China.

It's the first confirmed case in Australia.

The Chinese national in his 50s had been in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people which has been the epicentre of the outbreak.

Five people are undergoing testing for the virus in NSW and two in Queensland.

A number of people have already been cleared in both states.

The virus has already killed more than 40 people in China and infected upward of 1000 people around the world.

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