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Coronavirus panic: Queensland schools confirm two students are in isolation

Coronavirus rocks THREE schools: Parents panic as students are put in isolation after flying home from holidays on the same Tiger f light as an infected man

  • Students at three Queensland schools have been put in isolation as a precaution
  • Crestmead State School, Kingston State College, Pacific Pines State High, released special newsletters 
  • Year 1, Year 8 and Year 10 students were respectively on board a Tiger flight 
  • A fellow passenger tested positive to the disease after travelling from Wuhan, the virus’ epicentre  

Students at three schools have been placed in isolation after they flew home from holidays on board a Tiger Airways flight with a man infected by the coronavirus. 

Queensland’s Crestmead State School, Kingston State College and the Pacific Pines State High School have confirmed one pupil each was in isolation on Friday. 

The Brisbane and Gold Coast students’ quarantine is purely as a precautionary measure, officials said.

The students – in Year 1 at Crestmead, Year 8 at Kingston and Year 10 at Pacific Pines – were on board a Tiger flight from Melbourne to the Gold Coast on Monday. 

A fellow passenger, a 44-year-old Chinese national, has tested positive to coronavirus.  

A text message sent to parents at Crestmead State School on Friday afternoon, notifying parents that a Year 1 student was on board the same Tiger Airways flight as an infected man

The schools blasted out newsletters to parents, using similar language, to inform them the pupils were in isolation

But it's not suggested the students have the illness (stock photos)

The schools blasted out newsletters to parents, using similar language, to inform them the pupils were in isolation – but it’s not suggested they have the illness (stock photos) 

Crestmead State School: A Year 1 student was on board the same flight as an infected man from Wuhan. The student is in isolation purely as a precaution

Crestmead State School: A Year 1 student was on board the same flight as an infected man from Wuhan. The student is in isolation purely as a precaution

The man had travelled from Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus outbreak in China, to Melbourne, and then on to Queensland on board the domestic flight. 

The schools each blasted the news out to parents in special newsletters to parents this afternoon.  

‘Today we received information that a member of our school community – a Year 1 student … – was on that flight,’ the Crestmead newsletter said. 

‘In accordance with the established protocol, they are now in isolation purely as a precautionary measure.’

The newsletter stressed ‘there is very little likelihood of transmission within our school community and there is no need for other students or staff to be isolated’.

A separate text message to parents said the school remains open and is functioning normally. 

The Kingston and Pacific Pines newsletters likewise confirmed a Year 8 and Year 10 student were respectively on board the flight.  

The newsletters said: ‘The Department of Education has been liaising with Queensland Health on this matter and there remains extremely low risk in relation to possible transmission.’

A newsletter blasted out by Kingston State College on Friday afternoon

A newsletter blasted out by Kingston State College on Friday afternoon

Despite the official reassurances, several parents and members of the community shared panicked posts on Friday afternoon.  

As a Facebook post quickly went viral, one parent said: ‘Everyone needs to take a deep breath … the student does not have the virus’.  

Only nine people in Australia have tested positive to the virus, plus an additional two Australian citizens in China. 

Two people – a 44-year-old Chinese man and a 42-year-old woman – have tested positive in Queensland and are receiving treatment. 

More than 150 people were on board the Tiger flight, with health officials attempting to contact every passenger on board.  

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Queensland Education Department for comment. 

AUSTRALIANS WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

NEW SOUTH WALES: 4 

January 25

  • Three men aged 43, 53, and 35 who had recently travelled to China are confirmed to have contracted the disease.
  • Two flew in from Wuhan while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, south China.
  • They are being treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital and are in stable condition.

January 27 

  • A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person to test positive for the illness in NSW.
  • The woman, a student at UNSW, flew into Sydney International Airport on flight MU749 on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.
  • She is being treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital.

VICTORIA: 3

January 25

  • A Chinese national aged in his 50s becomes the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Australia.
  • The man flew to Melbourne on China Southern flight CZ321 from Wuhan via Guangzhou on January 19.
  • He is now in quarantined isolation at Monash Hospital in Clayton in Melbourne’s east.

January 29

  • A Victorian man in his 60s is diagnosed with the coronavirus.
  • He became unwell on January 23 – two days after returning from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak. 
  •  The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Centre. He was assessed as being well enough to stay at home.

January 30

  • A woman in her 40s is found to have coronavirus. 
  •  She was visiting from China and mostly spent time with her family.
  • She is being treated at Royal Melbourne Hospital. 

QUEENSLAND: 2

January 29

  • Queensland confirms its first case after a 44-year-old Chinese national wass diagnosed with the virus.
  • He is being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital.

January 30

  • A 42-year-old Chinese woman who was travelling in the same Wuhan tour group as the 44-year-old man tests positive. She is in Gold Coast University Hospital in stable condition.

CHINA: 2

January 30

  • Two Australians have been confirmed as having the virus in Wuhan itself. Australia has raised the travel alert level to ‘do not travel’ for the city of Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak – and for the entire Hubei province.
  • Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says unless people have contact with someone who is unwell and has come from that part of China, there is no need for current concern.

 



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