The number of confirmed coronavirus patients in Australia rose to 46 on Wednesday following the diagnoses of several new cases around the country.
The Northern Territory recorded its first case late in the day, a 52-year-old tourist, who was placed in isolation at the Royal Darwin Hospital.
He has had limited contact with the local community and only recently arrived in Darwin via Sydney, NT Health said.
On Wednesday afternoon, Macquarie University confirmed a lecturer had tested positive for COVID-19 following their return from Iran.
They were placed in an isolation ward at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital.
The lecturer took “immediate steps to seek medical attention” and has not visited the campus since, the University said in a statement.
“Our staff member has not been present at Macquarie University’s campus since returning from Iran and has had no contact with either staff or students,” the statement read.
The news came hours after a 26-year-old Logan man who recently returned from Iran was confirmed as the 11th person in Queensland to have contracted COVID-19.
The patient, who is in isolation and a stable condition, is Queensland’s second confirmed case in two days after a 20-year- old Chinese student was diagnosed on Monday.
The University of Queensland student arrived in Australia on 23 February after spending 14 days in Dubai to bypass Australia’s China travel ban.
He remains isolated in a Brisbane hospital while his housemate undergoes testing.
A 63-year-old woman with the virus is also still isolation, in the Gold Coast University Hospital.
The other eight patients have recovered, and have been cleared and discharged from hospital.