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Queensland Deputy Prime Minister apologizes for grieving miners’ family wrongly diagnosed with COVID-19

The grieving family of a man who falsely declared Australia’s youngest coronavirus victim has received apologies from the Queensland government – for his grieving fiancée paid an emotional tribute.

30-year-old Nathan Turner was found dead on May 26 at his home in the mining town of Blackwater, while Queensland officials later claimed he died of COVID-19.

After nearly a week of fear and panic in the city, a subsequent test revealed that Mr. Turner never had the virus.

On Tuesday, the Deputy Prime Minister of Queensland apologized to his grieving family, who said they have endured “emotional, mental and physical trauma.”

Stephen Miles said that Mr. Turner had initially tested positive for the virus, which led to a huge test in the small town.

His fiancé Mrs. Devon paid tribute to her partner on Wednesday morning and posted a photo of the miner online – with the message ‘Family is everything’.

Nathan Turner (photo left) with his partner Simone Devon (right), who discovered his body last Tuesday after returning from work

Nathan Turner (photo left) with his partner Simone Devon (right), who discovered his body last Tuesday after returning from work

Mr Turner's friends have petitioned Change.org calling on Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and Dr Young apologizes to his family

Mr Turner's friends have petitioned Change.org calling on Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and Dr Young apologizes to his family

Mr Turner’s friends have petitioned Change.org calling on Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and Dr Young apologizes to his family

He hadn’t left town since February, fearing that an infected 200-mile nurse in Rockhampton might have transmitted the virus on a road trip.

But multiple tests have since revealed that he never had the virus, with officials admitting that the family had suffered unnecessary suffering.

“Our ability to control this virus requires us to respond quickly to any positive test,” Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister told reporters on Tuesday.

“We should treat every positive test as if it were a positive thing.

However, I would like to apologize personally to his partner and his family for the suffering our actions to respond quickly have caused them.

Nathan Turner's family demands government apologies for being declared Australia's youngest COVID-19 victim just for an autopsy to reveal he never had the virus

Nathan Turner's family demands government apologies for being declared Australia's youngest COVID-19 victim just for an autopsy to reveal he never had the virus

Nathan Turner’s family demands government apologies for being declared Australia’s youngest COVID-19 victim just for an autopsy to reveal he never had the virus

Nathan Turner's grieving fiancé posted this (photo) on social media on Wednesday, in honor of her partner

Nathan Turner's grieving fiancé posted this (photo) on social media on Wednesday, in honor of her partner

Nathan Turner’s grieving fiancé posted this (photo) on social media on Wednesday, in honor of her partner

“I know it was incredibly painful for them.”

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said false positive tests for coronavirus were extremely rare.

She said the results were compromised by the fact that one sample from Mr. Turner was contaminated with excess blood from the post-mortem process.

Here are two possible answers. One is that it was a false positive result. The other is that it was really positive, “said Dr. Young.

“And we won’t know what it was, but I’m confident in the actions taken that night to protect the Blackwater community.”

Panic broke out in central Queensland, where test centers surfaced – fearing it would become the next coronavirus cluster.

Mr Turner's family demands Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and also apologizes to the Blackwater community for creating 'chaos and panic' in the small mining town

Mr Turner's family demands Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and also apologizes to the Blackwater community for creating 'chaos and panic' in the small mining town

Mr Turner’s family demands Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and also apologizes to the Blackwater community for creating ‘chaos and panic’ in the small mining town

Mystery surrounded how Mr. Turner apparently contracted the disease, with no other case ever recorded in the area.

News of a party at his home in the days before his death only exacerbated the fears, but all the locals tested have had negative results.

His fiancé, Mrs. Devon, found her partner dead when she came home from work at a local bakery on March 26.

When he later tested positive, according to officials, it shut down the regional city – with paramedics, police officers and locals all being forced to quarantine.

The friends of mr. Turner has petitioned Change.org calling on Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and Chief Health Officer Young to apologize to his family and community for creating “chaos and panic.”

Nathan Turner (pictured), believed to be Australia's youngest COVID-19 victim, did not die of the virus

Nathan Turner (pictured), believed to be Australia's youngest COVID-19 victim, did not die of the virus

Nathan Turner (pictured), believed to be Australia’s youngest COVID-19 victim, did not die of the virus

“Your leadership caused emotional, mental, and physical trauma to the loved ones of Nathan’s family and friends, and especially to his fiancé Simone who endured as much pain as anyone else,” wrote friend Nicole Muller of the petition.

Nathan’s death was used as a tool to create chaos and panic for a community, state and country.

“You should be ashamed of yourself and if you had any human decency left, you would apologize for creating trauma for this family while causing panic in our community.

“This is unacceptable behavior by our rulers who forced a family to sit in silence and not comment on the chaos they were about to cause our state.”

The petition has already collected 3,144 signatures.

Mr. Turner (pictured) had a range of health problems and had been out of work after attacks since November

Mr. Turner (pictured) had a range of health problems and had been out of work after attacks since November

Mr. Turner (pictured) had a range of health problems and had been out of work after attacks since November

Locals line up to get coronavirus tests in Blackwater on Thursday (photo) with officials stunned at how a local man contracted the disease

Locals line up to get coronavirus tests in Blackwater on Thursday (photo) with officials stunned at how a local man contracted the disease

Locals line up to get coronavirus tests in Blackwater on Thursday (photo) with officials stunned at how a local man contracted the disease

Ms. Devon, who works in the town’s bakery, broke the news through her employer’s Facebook page that her fiancé never had coronavirus.

“We just got a message from our staff member Nathan’s partner that his autopsy report came in and that Nathan was cleared as COVID 19 NEGATIVE,” said Devon colleague Kelly Bunyoung on Facebook.

Queensland Health confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that further tests have returned negative for COVID-19.

The coroner said tonight that further tests are negative for COVID-19. He has yet to determine the cause of the man’s death, “Dr. Young said Monday.

Mrs. Devon’s mother, Lorraine, told The Australian The Queensland Coroner had confirmed the results of the post mortem to the family.

Nathan Turner (pictured) worked as a miner, but had been out of work since November, officials said

Nathan Turner (pictured) worked as a miner, but had been out of work since November, officials said

Nathan Turner (pictured) had not left his hometown of Blackwater since February, but still contracted COVID-19 and died on Tuesday

Nathan Turner (pictured) had not left his hometown of Blackwater since February, but still contracted COVID-19 and died on Tuesday

Nathan Turner (pictured) worked as a miner, but had been out of work since November, officials said

Mr. Turner's body was discovered at his home in Blackwater on Tuesday (photo) after his fiancé returned from work at a local bakery

Mr. Turner's body was discovered at his home in Blackwater on Tuesday (photo) after his fiancé returned from work at a local bakery

Mr. Turner’s body was discovered at his home in Blackwater on Tuesday (photo) after his fiancé returned from work at a local bakery

“They told us there was no trace of the virus in his system,” she said.

“The autopsy has not been completed, and they still cannot say how he died.”

Mr. Turner suffered from a range of health problems and was out of work after attacks since November.

Since his death, Mr. Turner’s family had insisted that they did not believe that COVID-19 caused his death because he also suffered from epilepsy and asthma and contracted flu regularly.

Ms. Devon tested negative for the virus three times, and more than 500 Blackwater residents also gave negative results.

On Tuesday, Queensland's Deputy Prime Minister Stephen Miles made a personal apology to Mr Turner's family

On Tuesday, Queensland's Deputy Prime Minister Stephen Miles made a personal apology to Mr Turner's family

On Tuesday, Queensland’s Deputy Prime Minister Stephen Miles made a personal apology to Mr Turner’s family

THE DEATH OF NATHAN TURNER

TUESDAY 26 MAY: Nathan Turner was found dead at his home in Blackwater, regional Queensland, by his fiancé Simone Devon.

WEDNESDAY MAY 27: Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland, held a news conference with health authorities, saying that Mr. Turner died of coronavirus.

Ms. Devon was isolated after experiencing coronavirus symptoms.

Mystery surrounded the suspected coronavirus case, after it was revealed that Mr. Turner had not left town for months and no other local cases were known.

Since his death on May 26, the Turner family have claimed they did not believe that COVID-19 caused his death because he also suffered from epilepsy and asthma and contracted the flu regularly.

MONDAY 1 JUNE: Autopsy revealed that Mr. Turner did not have the deadly virus.

Mr. Turner’s friends made a Change.org petition Ms. Palaszczuk and Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young called upon to apologize to his family and community for creating “chaos and panic.”

Queensland Health confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that further tests have returned negative for COVID-19.

The coroner said tonight that further tests are negative for COVID-19. He’s yet to determine the man’s cause of death, “said Dr. Young.

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