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Morning mail: Australian coronavirus cases hit 13, Iowa poll chaos, fish rescue

An eight-year-old boy has become the 13th confirmed case of coronavirus in Australia, as the government prepares to evacuate more Australian nationals from Wuhan. The boy is the youngest infected in Australia so far, and a Chinese citizen and from Wuhan. He was travelling in a group with a 44-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman who have been confirmed as Queensland’s other cases of coronavirus. The child remains in isolation at the Gold Coast University hospital in a stable condition. A group of 241 Australians have been moved into quarantine in the barely used immigration detention centre on Christmas Island. Some of those quarantined have complained the conditions in the detention centre are unhygienic, particularly the allocation of shared bathrooms, exacerbating the potential for transmission of an outbreak of coronavirus. Evacuee Belinda Chen told the ABC: “I understood that there would be very limited facilities here, but the actual condition is no facilities at all. It’s thousands of times worse than I imagined.”

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