STAND­ING TO­GETHER

... Well, 1.5 me­tres apart. And we will get through this

Gatton Star - - FRONT PAGE - EBONY GRAVEUR [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

THE coro­n­avirus, which erupted in Wuhan, China, late last year, has spread around the world, in­fect­ing 334,981 pa­tients in 190 coun­tries.

At the time of print, 10 cases had been con­firmed in West More­ton, an area cov­er­ing Ip­swich and most of the Somerset and Lock­yer Val­ley.

Yes­ter­day, Queens­land Health con­firmed the most re­cent two pa­tients in the re­gion were among 60 newly di­ag­nosed cases in the state.

On March 14, a 51-yearold male be­came the first con­firmed pa­tient in the re­gion, fol­lowed by a se­cond case the fol­low­ing day in­volv­ing a woman, 22.

Since then, Queens­land Health has de­clined to con­firm pa­tient ages and sexes, but an­other eight cases were con­firmed.

Six hos­pi­tals fall into the West More­ton health re­gion, in­clud­ing Esk, Gat­ton, Lai­d­ley, Ip­swich, Boonah and the Park.

West More­ton Health would not com­ment on where in the re­gion the cases were from or at which hos­pi­tals the 10 pa­tients were be­ing man­aged.

A spokes­woman for Queens­land Health said the depart­ment would not re­lease in­for­ma­tion about pa­tients un­less it deemed a pub­lic health alert was required.

Pic­ture: Brian Cas­sidy

TEN CASES: The num­ber of con­firmed cases in the re­gion has reached double dig­its.

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