Nightclub revellers warned after patron tested positive for virus

Authorities have warned anyone who was at Fridays Riverside on Saturday night to be aware they could have come into contact with the 22-year-old University of Queensland student whose condition was confirmed on Tuesday.

As a precaution, Queensland Health has called on anyone who attended Friday’s, from 6pm Friday until 11pm Monday, and becomes unwell to contact 13 HEALTH.

“If they develop any symptoms suggestive of infection, respiratory-type symptoms or a fever, they should go and get themselves tested,” Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said.

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The student went to Fridays Riverside nightclub and bar in Brisbane on Friday. Pictures: Fridays Riverside/FacebookSource:Supplied

The venue is in the heart of the CBD overlooking the river. Pictures: Fridays Riverside/Facebook

The venue is in the heart of the CBD overlooking the river. Pictures: Fridays Riverside/FacebookSource:Supplied

The student recently returned from travelling in Spain, Italy and France and attended UQ’s St Lucia campus on two occasions last week. He is being treated in Prince Charles Hospital.

“There are a significant number who have spent more than two hours in the one room … with the student who turned out to be positive,” Dr Young said. “That’s why they’re being asked to go into home quarantine.”

The warning comes as Dr Young revealed the number of virus cases in the state has topped 20 after a woman and a man, both in their 30s and from the Gold Coast, tested positive.

Earlier on Wednesday, a Gold Coast university campus closed its doors to staff and students after an employee was diagnosed with coronavirus. Southern Cross University was closed for cleaning after one of its Philippines-based staff members tested positive on Tuesday.

He attended workshops at the university’s Gold Coast and Lismore campuses from March 4-6 before returning to The Philippines on Saturday. Health officials and university representatives are working to contact 45 people in contact with or near him during his time in Australia.

The Lismore campus, in northern NSW, will also be closed and cleaned as a precaution.

The university is urging anyone feeling unwell to self-isolate and seek medical attention.

Queensland’s education minister Grace Grace has banned school groups travelling overseas except for New Zealand.

Ms Grace said the measure is a protective action to contain the spread of the virus.


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