Queensland coronavirus update
5 March 2020
Two new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Queensland.
The first case is an 81-year-old male who is in a stable condition in the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. He has recently returned from Thailand.
The second case is a 29-year-old female from Brisbane who is now well and is isolated. She has recently travelled from London to Brisbane, with a short stopover in Singapore.
Contact tracing is underway for each case.
A total of thirteen people in Queensland have been confirmed with COVID-19, including three people from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
A 63-year-old woman, confirmed with COVID-19 on 29 February 2020, remains in isolation in a stable condition at Gold Coast University Hospital.
A 20-year-old male from Toowong, confirmed with COVID-19 on 3 March 2020, remains in isolation in a stable condition at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
The housemate of the male from Toowong who was awaiting test results does not have COVID-19.
He has returned home to self-quarantine for 14 days due to his close contact with a confirmed case.
A 26-year-old male from Logan, confirmed with COVID-19 on 4 March 2020, remains in isolation in a stable condition at Princess Alexandra Hospital. The man had recently returned to Brisbane from Iran.
We will be contacting the people sitting in his close proximity two rows behind, in front and beside him on his flight into Brisbane – Emirates EK430.
All other passengers are considered very low risk, however anyone with health concerns can contact 13 HEALTH.
The other eight patients have been clinically cleared by their treating team and discharged from hospital.
Queensland Health is urging anyone who has been overseas in the last 14 days and is feeling unwell to see a doctor immediately.
If you have been overseas in the last 14 days and feel unwell please call 13 HEALTH or your GP or local hospital to arrange an assessment.
Calling ahead to the GP surgery or hospital is recommended to let them know your symptoms and travel history, this also helps them prepare for your arrival.
Even if you are feeling well, but have been in, or transited through, mainland China or Iran, you need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date you departed mainland China or Iran.
Anyone with concerns can call 13 HEALTH or find up-to-date reliable information on the Queensland Health website at www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus.