Footy clash in Victoria throws into chaos as fans and commentators are shot off over Covid’s fears after positive case in Brisbane
- Travelers who have flown to Victoria from Queensland since March 12 should isolate themselves
- Health announcement threw Geelong and Lions AFL clash into chaos on Friday
- There are concerns that Covid is in the community after a Brisbane man tests positive
An AFL game in Geelong has plunged into chaos after spectators and commentators were kicked out of the stadium over fears of the corona virus.
Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) ordered all travelers flown to the state from Queensland since March 12 to isolate after a local case of coronavirus was reported in Brisbane on Friday.
The announcement came less than an hour before Friday night’s clash between Geelong and Brisbane Lions at GMHBA Stadium.
“Anyone who has entered Victoria from the City of Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region since March 12, must immediately isolate themselves, undergo a coronavirus test within 72 hours and remain isolated until they get a negative result,” DHHS said Friday evening.
An AFL game in Geelong has plunged into chaos after spectators and commentators were kicked out of the stadium over fears of the corona virus. Pictured: Fans arrive at GMHBA Stadium on Friday
A health warning is shown on the big screen during the Round 2 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Brisbane Lions at GMHBA Stadium on Friday
The Lions squad landed in Victoria on Thursday, but the game could continue as the team was granted an exemption from the state government.
“ The AFL confirms that Brisbane Lions players, coaches and officials have been exempted by the Victorian Government from the Orange Zone requirements as players, coaches and officials have all lived and adhered to approved AFL protocols, ” according to an AFL statement.
The health advice from the Victorian government was shared with the stadium through loudspeakers.
The announcement was met with boos from the crowd.
“Extraordinary drama tonight as Covid rears his ugly head,” reporter Jon Ralph told Fox Footy.
At this point, fans are being told to leave the ground when entering from Queensland. The speakers broadcast that message. ‘
Channel 7 commentators Luke Hodge and Wayne Carey were among those in attendance who had to leave the stadium on Friday evening
Channel 7 commentators Luke Hodge and Wayne Carey were among those in attendance who had to leave the stadium.
A 26-year-old landscaper from Stafford, north Brisbane, tested positive at Covid on Thursday evening, raising fears that the virus has spread through the Queensland community.
Genomic tests on Friday confirmed the man’s case was related to a hospital worker whose infection was announced March 12.
His infection has been linked to the previous state cluster announced March 12.
He was given the B117 variant, known as the British strain, and health authorities believe the virus was likely transmitted by an unidentified intermediary.
The man visited at least nine different locations in the city after becoming highly contagious last Friday.
Between Saturday and Thursday he visited Carindale Westfield, Gasworks in Newstead and Bunnings, Aldi and Guzman y Gomez in Stafford.
Brisbane Lions supporters can be seen in the stands on Friday during the game of round 2
“We will know more in the next 24 hours, but in the meantime, those visiting the sites listed in today’s public health alert should be immediately tested and isolated until you receive your results,” she said in a statement Friday evening.
The health authorities are tracking down the close contacts of the man, who must be quarantined.
Anyone who visited Mamma’s Italian Restaurant in Redcliffe on March 21 between 12:40 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. must now isolate for 14 days.
The infection closed the Brisbane hospitals for the second time in a fortnight.
Elderly care facilities, prisons and disabled facilities will also close their doors for the next three days to prevent the virus from spreading to vulnerable people.
QUEENSLAND LOCATIONS ON WARNING
Anyone who has been to the following locations in the specified time frames should be tested regardless of whether they have symptoms and isolate immediately until they get a negative result:
March 20, 12 noon to 4.16 pm: Any part of Westfield Carindale Shopping Center at the alarm time is now HIGH RISK
March 20, 12 noon – 4.16 pm: Westfield Carindale. Stores include: Shinobi Ramen Noodle Shop, Fresh Sensations, Go Vita, Robins kitchen, Harris Scarfe and Kmart
March 20, 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM: Market Organics (shop only), Newmarket
March 20, 8 p.m .: Baskin and Robbins, Everton Park
March 21, 10:30 am to 10:46 am: Genki Market, Alderley
March 21, 12:40 to 3:10 pm: Mamma’s Italian Restaurant, Redcliffe – HIGH RISK
March 22, 12.20 to 12.25 pm: Guzman and Gomez, Stafford
March 22, 12:40 to 12:50 pm: Bunnings, Stafford
March 25, 8:30 am to 8:45 am: Aldi, Stafford
March 25, 11:15 am to 11:40 am: Nundah Respiratory Clinic, Nundah
Locations with a low risk:
March 20, 12 noon – 4.16 pm: Other parts of Westfield Carindale town center
March 21, 9:50 am to 10:20 am: Gasworks Plaza, Newstead
March 22, 7:55 pm to 8:00 pm: KFC drive-thru, Everton Park
An Aldi supermarket in Stafford, north Brisbane, frequented by the city’s positive Covid-19 case
Everyone in Brisbane City and Moreton Bay municipalities is urged to wear masks in crowded places and at social distance.
Dr. Young said the man is being treated at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. His housemates in Stafford are all self-insulated and tested.
The man was working as a landscaper in Paddington on Monday when he started to feel ill.
The Queensland outbreak prompted Western Australia to quickly issue quarantine regulations for potentially exposed travelers to isolate and get tested.
The restrictions apply to anyone in Queensland who has been at the designated hotspots during alarm hours since March 20.