Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thanked Australia's Chinese community for acting responsibly in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, despite some instances of racist and other "provocations".
"You are magnificent," he said on Wednesday when asked for his reaction to taunts endured by some community members.
"The way you have supported each other, the way you have acted in such a responsible fashion [despite] on occasions great provocation, which I've found reprehensible."
Mr Morrison also credited the community with helping the stem the spread of the deadly virus within Australia by self-isolating themselves if there was a risk of infection.
"You are observing and taking so seriously your responsibilities together with all Australians," he added.
Australia has confirmed 13 coronavirus cases. Of those three people have recovered from their illnesses and been released.
The latest case is that of an eight-year-old boy, from Wuhan in the central China province of Hubei which is the epicentre of the global crisis, who is now in a Queensland hospital.
He was part of a tour group travelling in Australia in late January.
Two others from that group, a man, 44, and a woman, 42, also had the virus and Queensland health authorities had been scrambling to contact other people on their flights in case the infection had spread.
There are now three confirmed cases in Queensland, four in each of NSW and Victoria and two in South Australia.
Meanwhile, a group of 35 Australian citizens and permanent residents stranded in Wuhan left the city on Wednesday on an Air New Zealand flight evacuating 98 Kiwis and a number of others to Auckland.
From there, they will be transferred to Christmas Island, off the north-west coast of Western Australia, to join about 241 other evacuees in quarantine for up to 14 days.
The first group arrived on Monday and Tuesday after travelling from Wuhan on a Qantas flight. They included a man and his heavily pregnant wife who were instead taken to a Perth hospital because there are no maternity services on the island.
So far, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus infection among the men, women and children already on Christmas Island.
The Air NZ plane is due to land in Auckland around 4.30pm AEDT.
The government is negotiating to set up a second evacuation flight from Wuhan and Mr Morrison has warned those Australians still in China there was no guarantee of another.
Up to 600 Australians initially registered for an evacuation flight but some have decided to remain.
Globally, 490 people - mostly Chinese citizens - have died from the virus and the number of confirmed cases stands more than 24,000.
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