High School Closed in Sydney After Teen Tests Positive for Virus

Third coronavirus-related death in Australia after Sydney man dies

Third coronavirus-related death in Australia after Sydney man dies

Seventeen children are now being tested: they visited a Sydney aged care facility after a female resident, 95, died earlier this week and was later found to have been infected with the virus.

Addressing the nursing home cases on Wednesday, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the carer was working on 24 February when she started developing flu-like symptoms.

Desperate to ensure the COVID-19 doesn't spread, the New South Wales government ordered the closure of Epping Boys High School in the city's north for at least one day, the country's first school closure as a result of the outbreak.

"Staff are also asked to stay at home and self-isolate".

Another resident, an 82-year-old man, was on Wednesday evening confirmed to have COVID-19.

"We are immediately establishing which staff and patients may need to self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19 should they be unwell", NSW Health added.

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the multi-billion dollar package would target sectors most affected by the coronavirus.

The case brings the number of confirmed cases in NSW to 25.

A Goulburn resident and a 94-year-old from Dorothy Henderson Lodge nursing home in Macquarie Park have also been diagnosed.

Qantas on Wednesday cancelled its QF1 Sydney-to-London flight after it was advised that several passengers who had recently travelled on various airlines had tested Covid-19 positive.

That was before a 50-year-old aged care nurse from the facility tested positive for the coronavirus.

All visitors have since been banned from the site, with residents confined to their rooms, including at meal times, to prevent any further spread.

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So far there have been no signs of illness in the children and tests on a staff member who reported respiratory symptoms after the visit have been negative.

The childcare centre, Banksia Cottage, is within metres of aged care facility BaptistCare where a nurse was confirmed to have contracted the virus.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it was clear the outbreak had reached a new phase in the state.

As the hunt for virus victims ramps up state and federal authorities are clashing over the "tracing" measures used to find them, after NSW authorities say they've hit a stumbling block.

NSW Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant has warned more residents at the facility could be diagnosed with the virus.

Dr Chant said the children and families from the centre are now being assessed to "both allay community anxiety but also to absolutely rule out any link between the two events".

"We'll give them (the school community) good advice on what's happening on Monday".

Elsewhere, Mr Hazzard said two Sydney doctors who have the virus attended the same medical workshop on 18 February, alongside 77 other medical professionals.

The doctors, from Ryde and Liverpool hospitals, are so far the only ones who are sick from that group and 14 days have passed, giving authorities hope no one else has been infected.

However the group of doctors and health professionals continue to be monitored for any further signs of the illness.

"Her travel details are being obtained and will be disclosed if she posed a risk to any other passengers on her flight", NSW Health said.

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