First school closure in Sydney after a student tested positive for coronavirus

First school closure in Sydney after a student tested positive for coronavirus

First school closure in Sydney after a student tested positive for coronavirus

The man in his 80s and woman in her 20s had arrived in Australia from Thailand and London via Singapore respectively and had both been placed in isolation.

The number of cases for the state has more than doubled in a week.

"NSW Health is constantly reviewing new potential cases and undertaking contact tracking as they call it of all persons who had associations with the confirmed cases".

Aged care provider attendees will include representatives from peak bodies Aged and Community Services Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, the Aged Care Guild, UnitingCare, Catholic Health Australia and a number of service providers.

However, authorities say the doctor had already come into contact with a "large and diverse" range of patients in his workplace.

"We still don't know how he acquired the infection", NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said. Ryde is in the same hot spot zone on Sydney's north shore as a clutch of other cases.

In that case, the virus spread to a NSW woman in her 50s had not travelled outside of Australia recently.

The Commonwealth's Chief Medical Officer Dr Brendan Murphy tells Alan Jones he's confident the outbreak will be contained.

On Saturday, the government released an extra 260,000 surgical masks from federal stockpile to primary health networks.

"We realised that personal protective equipment for our healthcare workforce and our aged care workforce is absolutely fundamental".

"We are making sure we get in contact with them and make sure they don't have symptoms", Mr Hazzard said.

The outbreak has killed more than 3,400 people worldwide, spreading across more than 90 nations outside China.

The carer was working at Dorothy Henderson Lodge
The carer was working at Dorothy Henderson Lodge

He also revealed the two Sydney doctors who have the virus attended the same medical workshop on February 18, alongside about 70 other medical professionals.

But the minister said every possible step had been taken to ensure the facility did not pose a public health risk.

"Our first concern is for the health of the school's students and it was decided that until we learned more about this specific case, the school should be closed as a precaution", Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in a statement.

A 16-year-old at Epping Boys High was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday night with his family alerting the school.

One of the newly infected patients was a doctor working at a Sydney hospital, who had no recent history of overseas travel but had been in contact with a number of patients and staff.

Students and staff at the school have been advised to stay at home and self-isolate over the weekend and the school will provide further updates over the weekend.

Healthy people visiting hospitals should wash their hands thoroughly prior to and after entering wards.

Media outlets have reported he is the father of singer-songwriter Missy Higgins. She did not directly name him.

A further eight patients of the doctor are showing no symptoms, while 29 other patients identified as casual contacts are being chased up.

Victoria is responding to a "likely pandemic" by opening four specialised coronavirus testing clinics on Saturday, at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Alfred hospital and The Austin and at Box Hill Hospital.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos says the man in his 30s became unwell on Sunday after returning to Victoria from Iran on February 26.

"We do expect we will have a significant increase in demand as this virus spreads in the community". "Nobody needs to fear of running out of anything", she said. "In coming days, some hospitals will establish separate entrances".

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