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Australia Queensland records one new coronavirus case

06:20  03 april  2021
06:20  03 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Queensland has recorded another local case of coronavirus two days after ending the lockdown of Brisbane.

The new patient is a man who drank at the Black Hops Brewery on the Gold Coast on March 20, which was listed as an exposure site during the outbreak.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said there was no danger he spread the virus to anyone else because he was isolated while infectious.

'He tested negative on the March 27, and then he has become unwell and has now tested positive while in quarantine,' she said on Saturday.

'We never know which is the person who is going to end up infectious, but here we have one who has been in quarantine. So that's ideal.'

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a woman in a blue shirt: Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said there was no danger he spread the virus to anyone else because he was isolated while infectious © Provided by Daily Mail Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said there was no danger he spread the virus to anyone else because he was isolated while infectious

Queensland Health also announced two cases in overseas travelers in hotel quarantine on Saturday.

'I am very grateful for those over 2000 people who have been in quarantine as a result of these recent two clusters,' she said.

Dr Young also thanked the 25,837 people who were tested on Good Friday and urged anyone who was even slightly exposed or unwell to get a test also.

She noted a nurse at Princess Alexandra Hospital whose positive test was announced on Friday did not have any symptoms.

'She was never sick, and that's the issue. So for the vast majority of cases, I do just recommend that if you've got any symptoms, any symptoms at all, come forward and get tested,' she said.

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'We do know that you can get this disease without any symptoms and then pass it on, but that's actually less common.'

The nurse, who was not yet fully vaccinated, is believed to be the missing link in the chain from the source of the outbreak for one of the two clusters that got Brisbane locked down.

All medical staff working with coronavirus patients will be tested every day to prevent the issue from happening again.

Dr Young also said Covid patients were no longer being treated at the Princess Alexandra Hospital until further notice while they investigate how the outbreak began.

Two patients who infected hospital staff with coronavirus had stayed in Ward 5D.

'There could be a problem with that particular room or the environment around that room. It is suspicious that both of the patients [at the centre of the outbreak] were being managed in the same room, one after the other,' she said.

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Dr Young also said that anyone who has a genuine medical condition which would be affected by wearing a face mask - such as asthma - they would not be required to wear one.

'If someone has asthma and has trouble breathing or a chronic disease, they need to go and see their doctor and have to have that conversation - because If anyone has any problems at all breathing, they should not be wearing a mask.'

'This is not about causing other problems. This is about preventing the spread of COVID. If someone genuinely  believes that they have a medical condition, then that is enough for me.'

She said while people encouraging others to wear masks was good, people also need to be aware a 'significant portion' of the population cannot wear masks and that children under 12 do not have to.

She also noted there were 42 active Covid cases in hotel quarantine that had travelled from PNG, saying she was 'concerned' about the situation there which has seen a recent rapid spread of the virus.

Annastacia Palaszczuk wearing a blue shirt: Queensland has record another local case of coronavirus two days after ending the lockdown of Brisbane, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced © Provided by Daily Mail Queensland has record another local case of coronavirus two days after ending the lockdown of Brisbane, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced

She confirmed Queensland has just received another 25,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine which is enough for two weeks.

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Dr Young said she was not concerned about a possible link between a rare blood clotting condition and the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

The patient, a 44-year-old man, got the jab on March 22 and later presented to Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne suffering fever and abdominal pain.

He was found to have blood clots in his abdomen and a very low platelet count, prompting concerns from doctors.

Although there is no hard proof the AstraZeneca product can cause thrombosis syndromes in rare cases, the Australian Government has warned doctors and recipients to be on high alert.


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Dr Young echoed that advice on Friday, saying significant side effects were ''very, very, very unlikely' but anyone with issues four to 20 days after injection should seek medical advice.

'We know that all vaccines have some very, very rare side effects that can be serious, and we know if we are giving the same vaccine to large numbers of people across the whole world, we would expect to see those rare side effects,' she said.

'Because we're giving the vaccine to millions and millions and eventually billions of people.

'People just need to be aware of any symptoms and just come forward if they do have them.'

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The Therapeutic Goods ­Administration held talks with British regulators overnight probing whether the 44-year-old's low blood platelets and 22 other similar cases in the UK are linked to the vaccine.

Discussions will continue on Saturday between the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.

The medical bodies will review the concerning case and weigh the advice handed down in Friday night's virtual meeting.

A raft of statewide restrictions remain in place for the next fortnight after Brisbane was released from lockdown on Thursday.

They include mandatory masks in public indoor settings and home gatherings restricted to 30.

Visits to hospitals, aged care and disability facilities and prisons are also banned unless in the resident is near death and family want to say goodbye.

How the Queensland outbreak started

Dr Young said the nurse caught the virus from a female doctor, who got it from an Australian returning from Europe who was hospitalised.

The nurse then unwittingly gave it to her partner and from there spread the virus to their circle of friends, forming the cluster that caused the outbreak.

She was listed as a historical case alongside seven other new Queensland cases in hotel quarantine.

The doctor she caught coronavirus from at Princess Alexandra Hospital tested positive on March 12.

diagram: The missing link between the Princess Alexandra Hospital doctor and the outbreak has finally been explained © Provided by Daily Mail The missing link between the Princess Alexandra Hospital doctor and the outbreak has finally been explained

Brisbane and surrounding areas were released from a three-day lockdown on Thursday after concerns it would need to be extended over the Easter long weekend.

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The nurse was infectious from March 10 to 23 but did not develop symptoms so she had no idea she was infected before passing the virus on.

'So this is a nurse who has unfortunately, through doing nothing wrong, has contracted the infection, from a gentleman who is clearly a super-spreader,' Dr Young said.

'It's not his fault either. He was the gentleman who came from Europe and was admitted and transmitted the infection to a doctor, now, he's also transmitted it to a nurse. That's that process that has happened.

'And then the nurse, again through absolutely no fault of her own, has then gone home and transmitted to her partner, who is one of that group that we know who live in that north Brisbane area and a close social network.'

a group of people sitting at a bus stop: Queensland health officials have breathed a sigh of relief after tracking down the missing link between a doctor who was infected weeks ago and the outbreak that locked down Brisbane © Provided by Daily Mail Queensland health officials have breathed a sigh of relief after tracking down the missing link between a doctor who was infected weeks ago and the outbreak that locked down Brisbane a couple of people that are standing in the street: Relieved Brisbane residents were lifted from a snap lockdown at midday on Thursday following fears it may extend into the Easter break. Pictured are women in the CBD on Thursday © Provided by Daily Mail Relieved Brisbane residents were lifted from a snap lockdown at midday on Thursday following fears it may extend into the Easter break. Pictured are women in the CBD on Thursday

The infected nurse was tested as the result of being a close contact of a case, when her historical infection, which she had recovered from, was found.

'She's treated the same patient that the doctor who got infected treated. So it's clear that's how she got it and she transmitted it to her partner and it moved into that circle of friends and colleagues. Which is what we know Covid does,' Dr Young said.

She said the nurse hadn't yet been vaccinated, which prompted Queensland Health to implement a new policy to ensure only vaccinated healthcare workers manage infected cases.

'That's of course for their safety, and I'm also going to be encouraging anyone who lives in the household of a healthcare worker, that is now dealing with COVID cases, we have included you in IB,' Dr Young said.

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'So you can come forward and get vaccinated to try and protect the other members in the household.

'We know even if you have been vaccinated, you still can get the infection and pass it on. We've seen that. So it's important and we want to also protect the people who live in the same household.'

Dr Young believed the cluster was now under control.

a woman in a blue shirt: Queensland chief medical officer Jeannette Young (pictured) insists the cluster that sparked a Brisbane is now under control © Provided by Daily Mail Queensland chief medical officer Jeannette Young (pictured) insists the cluster that sparked a Brisbane is now under control

The nurse passed on the to virus to her partner who then spread it to their close circle friends and family in north Brisbane, including the partner's brother, a tradesman from Stafford who tested positive on March 25.

The Stafford man also passed the virus onto his friends, including a Strathpine man accused of hosting a party of 25 at his home while waiting for his test results

Queensland Health later clarified to say there had been a misunderstanding that only four housemates and one other person were at the home at the time.

The second cluster began when another Princess Alexandra Hospital nurse contracted the virus from a second infected return traveller being treated there.

The nurse then passed the virus onto her sister before the pair attended a hen's party in Byron Bay.

There they unknowingly spread the virus to other attendees, including a Gold Coast tradesman who was moonlighting as a male entertainer at the party.

NSW VENUES ON HIGH ALERT

Anyone who attended the following venues must immediately get tested and self-isolate until they receive further advice from NSW Health.

Surfit 24/7 Epiq Gym,  5 Snapper Drive, Lennox Head, Sunday March 28, 6-11am

Park Hotel/Motel pub restaurant, 223 Broken Heads Road, Suffolk Park Sunday March 28, 1-2pm

Anyone who attended the following venue on March 28 must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

Ballina Golf and Sports Club, Jameson Street, East Ballina, Sunday March 28 from 2.25pm to 2.35pm

Park Hotel in Suffolk Park on Sunday, March 28, between 1.45pm and 2.10pm

Anyone who visited the following venues at the following days and times should get tested and isolate until they return a negative result.

Ballina

Henry Rous Tavern, 117 River Street, Ballina Sunday March 28 from 1.20pm to 2.20pm

Byron Bay

Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co - Patrons who sat in the laneway (Feros Arcade)

Saturday March 27 from 11am to 12pm

All retail and takeaway shops in Lawson, Jonson, Browning Street and Fletcher Streets

Saturday March 27, 12pm-4pm

Black Sheep in Byron Bay

Saturday March 27 from 12.30pm to 12.40pm

Byron Beach Hotel in Byron Bay

Friday March 26 from 7.15pm to 9pm

Ghanda Clothing in Byron Bay

Saturday March 27 from 12pm to 12.15pm

Mokha Café - Patrons sitting inside or out the front of the venue (not in laneway in Feros Arcade)

Saturday March 27 from 11.00am to 12.00pm

Mokha Café - Patrons who sat in the laneway (Feros Arcade)

Saturday March 27 from 11.00am to 12.00pm

Quiksilver Byron Bay

Saturday March 27 from 12.40pm to 12.45pm

Tiger Lily Byron Bay

Saturday March 27 from 12.25pm to 12.30pm

Ewingsdale

The Farm Byron Bay in Ewingsdale

Sunday March 28 from 8.45am to 10.30am

Three Blue Ducks restaurant - Terrace in Ewingsdale

Sunday March 28 from 8.45am to 9.30am

Suffolk Park

Park Hotel Bottle Shop in Suffolk Park

Saturday March 27 from 7.30pm to 7.45pm

Suffolk Park Bakery in Suffolk Park, shop 1/2 Clifford Street

Saturday March 27, 11:15am - 11:40am and 2.45pm to 3.15pm

Suffolk Park Shopping Centre Plaza

Sunday March 28, between 10.30am and 11.45am

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park – women's communal toilets in Suffolk Park

Friday March 26 between 4.00pm to 8.30pm

Saturday March 27 between 4.00pm to 8.30pm

Sunday March 28 between 4.00pm to 8.30pm

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Queensland COVID-19 case linked to UK variant triggers alerts for travellers .
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