Coronavirus update – 21 March 2020

21 March 2020

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

Two Tasmanian persons were diagnosed with Coronavirus infection on Friday and a further five on Saturday.

A woman who arrived in Tasmania on Wednesday after travelling from the United Kingdom was diagnosed on Friday.

Another Tasmanian woman was diagnosed on Friday in Sydney after disembarking the Ruby Princess cruise ship there on Thursday.  She remains in Sydney and is being managed by NSW Health.

Today, Saturday there have been a further five cases of Coronavirus infection diagnosed in Tasmania.  These comprise one woman and two men who were on the Ruby Princess cruise, and a woman and a man who recently travelled together in Europe.

These cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in Tasmania to 16, with the additional Tasmanian resident diagnosed interstate.

Contact tracing of all these recent cases is underway.  Persons who are identified as close contacts will be required to remain in quarantine for 14 days after contact with the case - this will include persons who were seated near cases on flights when cases may have been infectious.

Because of the emerging evidence of Coronavirus infections among Ruby Princess passengers, both NSW Health and the Tasmanian Department of Health have contacted the 54 Tasmanian residents who were on the cruise.  Assessment and testing for Coronavirus is being arranged for those with symptoms.  All passengers will be required to remain in quarantine for 14 days after return to 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.