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Brisbane hotspot visitors told to self isolate in WA

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Anyone in WA who visited one of three high-risk locations in Brisbane on Thursday will have to self-isolate under new advice issued by the WA Health Department.

As Queensland health authorities scramble to identify anyone who came into contact with a Brisbane doctor who tested positive for COVID-19, States and Territories across Australia have issued an urgent warning to residents.

It comes after the new case sent Princess Alexandra Hospital — where the infected doctor was treating coronavirus patients — into lockdown.

Camera IconQueensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk refrained from putting Brisbane in lockdown following the hospital case. Credit: Jono Searle/Getty Images

Despite being three weeks into the vaccination program, the frontline worker had not been given her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

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She had assessed two positive cases on Wednesday night, both of whom were being treated for the UK strain of COVID-19 — with health authorities now trying to confirm whether the doctor has been infected with the highly-infectious strain herself.

WA Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson said any individuals in WA who had visited the three Queensland locations in question during the relevant times should get tested immediately for COVID-19 and quarantine until March 25 – 14 days from when the case was considered to be infectious.

They should also call Queensland Health’s information line on 134 325 84.

The high risk locations are: the Morning After Cafe in West End between 2pm-3.15pm on Thursday March 11, the Corporate Box Gym in Greenslopes between 5.45pm-7pm on Tursday March 11, and the Stones Corner Hotel in Stones Corner between 7pm-7.45pm on Thursday March 11.

Dr Robertson said Queensland Health was in the process of contact tracing the lone case and would notify WA Health if any close or casual contacts were found to be in WA.

“We believe any risk to WA remains very low, but the situation highlights the importance of remaining vigilant to prevent the chance of any spread of the virus or community transmission in this State.

“We will continue to monitor the situation in Queensland very closely and issue updated health advice if required,” he said.

Dr Robertson also said that any recent arrivals into WA from Queensland should remain vigilant and to get tested and isolate immediately if even mild symptoms developed.

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