Updated May 01, 2018 07:30:24 A new coronovirus outbreak is hitting Australia’s west, with the coronaviral strain affecting all Australian children under the age of four.
Key points:The virus has spread to at least seven Australian states and territoriesThe number of cases in Queensland is the highest since October 2018There are more than 2,000 confirmed cases and 1,300 suspected cases in NSW and ACTAccording to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of confirmed cases is the second highest since February 2018, but the number is down from a peak of 3,000 cases in September 2018.
Key facts:The outbreak has affected NSW and QueenslandThe number one cause of death in NSW is heart failure, while the number two cause is pneumoniaThe Queensland Department of Health has reported an increase in coronaviruses, including two new coronasial cases, in the past week.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the virus spread to some regions of the state and some areas of the country is now at epidemic proportions.
“It is a very complex situation.
There is no single answer to the outbreak,” Ms Palasczuk told ABC radio on Thursday.”
We need to continue to work closely with the Queensland Government, our Health Protection Agency, and our partners in the community to manage this as a priority and get this under control as quickly as possible.”
Ms Palasziuk said she expected coronavillos to be found in Queensland’s south, which had seen the highest number of coronavires since the virus was first discovered in Sydney.
“There’s more than 700 coronavills in Queensland, more than any other state in the country, and that’s more per capita than anywhere else in the world,” she said.
“I think it’s going to take a very, very concerted effort to manage it.”
So we need to get through this together, and if we can’t, we’re going to need to be very vigilant about what we’re doing.
“Queenslands Health Commissioner John Rees said the outbreak had caused significant economic damage and could impact on public health in the state.”
The economic damage that has been caused to Queensland and its surrounding regions has been enormous and will continue to be so for many years to come,” he said.
Ms Palazczuk and Mr Rees are meeting this week to discuss the impact of the virus.ABC/ReutersTopics:vaccines-and-immunity,child-health-and‑development,community-and.communities,public-health,health,qld,australia,canberra-2600,act,southport-4215,sydney-2000,brisbane-4000,south-west-2161More stories from Queensland