Elderly Queensland man exposed to coronavirus by son who breached quarantine

Social distancing is vital

A Queensland man has exposed his elderly father, and potentially others in the community, to coronavirus – while breaching quarantine.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has used the example, as well as a “cluster” of cases among a group of Sunshine Coast party-goers, to reiterate the importance of social distancing.

“I’ve had a report that a person was told to self-isolate, then went and picked up his elderly father and travelled around the neighbourhood,” she said on Wednesday.

“Now he has tested positive.

“That elderly relative is now in danger.

“If you are in quarantine, you are not to leave your house. You are not to leave your residence.”

The premier did not reveal which community the patient had visited while infectious.

Nor did she say whether the man was fined $13,000 – the maximum penalty in Queensland for failing to comply with health authorities’ orders during the pandemic.

Palaszczuk also lamented a party at Noosa’s Sails restaurant on the Sunshine Coast last week in which 24 attendees and four staff have tested positive.

“I hope people can understand from events such as this, where people are congregating quite closely together and interacting, this is how coronavirus can spread,” she said.

“This is now not the time to be social. It is time to keep your distance.”

She also announced camping grounds have closed and would remain as so during next month’s school holidays.

“There are no school holidays. We are having a school break.”

This story first appeared on 7NEWS and has been republished here with permission. 

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