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Hobart man being tested for coronavirus

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A man in his 30s is being testing for the potenitally-deadly coronavirus here in Tasmania, having spent time in the Chinese province where it originated.

He's been placed in isolation at the Royal Hobart Hospital, with test results due back in the next day or so.

Director of Public Health Dr Mark Veitch says it's not believed he has the condition at this stage, despite mild respiratory symptoms.

4 cases have been confirmed in Australia - 3 in New South Wales and 1 in Victoria.

In China, at least 41 people are dead from the infection.

A one-thousand bed hospital is being constructed within a week in the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.