Coronavirus update – 23 March 2020

23 March 2020

Dr Scott McKeown, Acting Director of Public Health

Tasmania has today confirmed six more cases of coronavirus.

This brings the State’s tally to 28.

Four of these people are from the cruise ship Ruby Princess that arrived in Sydney on 19 March. One is from another cruise ship Celebrity Solstice that arrived in Sydney on 20 March, and one has recently returned from overseas.

Public Health Services is currently working to identify and contact close contacts of the cases so that these people can be placed in self-quarantine.

Three of the people are from Northern Tasmania. Three are from Southern Tasmania.

The two people who had yet to be contacted from the 54 Tasmanians aboard the Ruby Princess have now been contacted by PHS and will be monitored in quarantine.

These cases reflect the rapidly increasing incidence of coronavirus infection throughout the world, and the occurrence of cases and outbreaks aboard cruise ships.

All 28 cases to date are directly linked to overseas travel or cruise ships, or to people who have travelled overseas. There is no evidence of community transmission in Tasmania.

The situation with coronavirus is changing regularly. People can stay up to date by visiting the Tasmanian Department of Health coronavirus website at or the Australian Government Department of Health website

Anyone requiring more information about coronavirus should contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.