1. Sydney high school shut after 16yo student tests positive for coronavirus.
A Sydney public school will be closed on Friday after a Year 11 student tested positive for COVID-19.
Approximately 1100 students will be impacted by the closure of Epping Boys High School which is to allow the school and health officials to “work through a contact and containment strategy,” according to a statement from NSW Health.
Students and staff have been advised to self-isolate at home over the weekend.
On Facebook, the school said staff and students will be contacted and advised if they can resume school on Monday or if a further quarantine period will be required.
A high school has been shut after one of its students became infected with coronavirus as authorities struggle to contain the outbreak. Epping Boys High School will be closed until health authorities trace where the boy contracted the virus. https://t.co/pKQrgp1G5X #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/l5czXsuHr9
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) March 5, 2020
The 16-year-old student brings the total confirmed number of coronavirus cases in NSW to 25.
North west Sydney has found itself as the epicentre of the virus within the state.
Seventeen children from Banksia Cottage childcare centre are being tested after visiting residents at Dorothy Henderson Lodge at Macquarie Park, less than three kilometres from Epping Boys, on February 24, before a 50-year-old aged care nurse from the facility tested positive for the virus.
A 95-year-old female resident has since died and two male residents, aged 82 and 70, have been confirmed as infected.
The infected nurse was not present on the day the children visited, and so far there has been no sign of illness among them.
Dorothy Henderson Lodge has banned all visitors and residents have been confined to their rooms, to help prevent further spread.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it was clear the outbreak had reached a new phase in the state.
“It is fair to say that we do have an evolution happening in the spread of this virus. NSW Health is doing everything they can to try to still contain it, but we do know that containment is… an unlikely outcome.”
Hazzard also said two infected Sydney doctors, from Ryde and Liverpool Hospitals, attended a medical workshop on February 18, alongside 70 other medical professionals.