Urgent warning to new mothers after MIDWIFE test positive for coronavirus – as another baby and two-year-old girl are also diagnosed
- A midwife working at St George Hospital in Sydney tested positive for COVID-19
- The health worker is now isolated but has treated mothers and babies
- Patients who have come into contact with the midwife are approached by officials
- It comes when the number of cases in NSW increased to 1,
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A Sydney midwife has been diagnosed with coronavirus, as health officials struggle to contact new mothers who treated them at St George Hospital.
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District has confirmed that the midwife has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now isolated.
All patients in close contact with the midwife have been informed, with officials saying this is “not an ongoing risk” for patients in the hospital.
It’s because New South Wales saw a new peak in cases overnight, bringing the total to 1,219.
There are now 16 COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit at NSW, 10 of whom have ventilators.
A sign advising people not to press the button at street crossings in Sydney’s CBD on Wednesday as the city feels the weight of the corona virus pandemic
Another two children under 10 tested positive for the virus in the state, bringing the total in that age group to four.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 2.675
New South Wales: 1,219
Western Australia: 205
South Australia: 197
Australian Capital Territory: 44
Northern Territory: 5
TOTAL CASES: 2,675
A one-year-old girl whose parent is a confirmed case and a two-year-old girl who contracted the infection abroad are both already isolated to family and have mild symptoms.
“All patients in close contact with the midwife have been informed,” said a hospital spokeswoman.
“The midwife is now isolated and there is no ongoing risk to patients at St George Hospital.”
It comes as a third person in Victoria died of the virus on Thursday, bringing the national death toll to 12.
Victoria’s total rose to 520 diagnosed cases of respiratory infection, up from 54 as of Wednesday.
A 68-year-old man from Queensland died Wednesday afternoon after contracting the virus aboard a cruise ship that docked in Sydney last week.
Queensland Health said the man had a “serious underlying medical condition before contracting the virus.”
More to follow.
The midwife worked at St George Hospital in south Sydney (photo) and is now isolated after testing positive for coronavirus