FOUR students from Queensland public schools are isolated after traveling on the same Tiger Airways flight with two passengers who have confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Courier mail It includes students from Pacific Pines State Primary School and State High School, Crestmead State School and Kingston State College.
However, students show no symptoms as of today and are in self-isolation as a precaution.
In a letter to the parents of Kingston State College, the school community was informed that “a Year 8 student was on the flight,” and that he was now isolated as a “precautionary measure.”
The department did not confirm if the students had been in school for the past two days.
It is understood that a parent of the Tamborine Mountain State School student is also isolated after traveling on a Tiger Airways flight.
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A spokesman for the Department of Education confirmed that Crestmead State School and Kingston State College sent caution letters to families about the new coronavirus.
“All Queensland state schools continue to follow Queensland Health’s advice regarding
coronavirus, ”he said.
“Starting at 4 p.m. Today, no student at Queensland State School has a confirmed case, and no
Queensland State School has been closed. “
News of students in isolation occurs when Queensland Health takes extraordinary measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
The department received contact details from hundreds of Tigerair Australia passengers who traveled on the same plane, but on subsequent flights, such as the two confirmed cases of coronaviruses, which are isolated at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
They were part of a nine-member Chinese tourist group that flew to the Gold Coast from Melbourne on Tigerair flight TT566 at 8.45 p.m. of Monday. It is understood that one of the two cases, a 44-year-old man, was ill during the flight.
Tigerair confirmed that the plane in which Chinese tourists were traveling made 13 more flights before the plane underwent a rigorous steam cleaning as a result of the positive test of the man.
Queensland Health Chief Jeannette Young said that although the danger to passengers traveling on subsequent flights was considered “absolutely minimal,” she could not say it was zero.
“When you cough or sneeze, and this gentleman was symptomatic on the plane, you can cough or sneeze the virus particles,” Young said.
“They land on surfaces. This virus is no different than any other virus. It will survive in the atmosphere on the surfaces for a certain period of time. We have no firm advice on how long.
“Usually, they dry very fast and there are no problems.”
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Dr. Young said that people traveling on Tigerair flights “should not be alarmed at all,” but should seek the advice of a general practitioner if they developed respiratory symptoms within the next 14 days.
She repeated the advice that people should wash their hands regularly to protect themselves from viruses.
“If you’re not well, stay home, cover your cough because that’s how viruses spread,” Young said.
“It’s about coughing and sneezing in the environment and it’s about those viral particles that land on the surfaces and other people who arrive and touch those surfaces, touch their face.”
She said people should call 13 HEALTH if they needed any advice.