Brisbane hospital at centre of Covid clusters on lockdown

Ash Cant
·2-min read

The hospital at the centre of a Covid outbreak in Brisbane has been placed into lockdown for the second time in a month, as authorities scramble to stamp out two clusters.

On Tuesday night, Queensland Health confirmed the state's second biggest hospital, the Princess Alexandra, has been placed into lockdown as a precaution.

"In light of recent cases of Covid-19 that have been linked to the ward 5D at Princess Alexandra (PA) Hospital, a decision has been made for PA hospital to go into lockdown today," a spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia.

A general view is seen of Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Source: AAP
On Tuesday night, Queensland Health confirmed the state's second biggest hospital, the Princess Alexandra, has been placed into lockdown as a precaution. Source: AAP

“As a precautionary measure, we are continuing to test all staff that have worked in ward 5D at PA Hospital between midday Friday, March 19 and 4:00pm Sunday, March 28.”

The hospital previously went into lockdown earlier this month after a doctor tested positive for coronavirus.

Princess Alexandra will also continue to test all staff that have worked in the Covid-19 ward since March 19.

The nearby Mater Mothers' Hospital has also sent home staff - including midwives and doctors - after a recent visitor tested positive to the virus, according to the ABC.

The person visited the private maternity section, as well as a nearby coffee shop popular with staff.

Another eight locally transmitted virus cases were announced on Tuesday, as the premier confirmed two distinct clusters were spreading in Queensland.

Both clusters are genomically linked to two Princess Alexandra Hospital staff who tested positive.

With AAP

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