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Chief health officer reveals long-term impacts of coronavirus

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Last updated August 29, 2020 10:48AM AEST

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has shared some of the long-term effects of the virus after patients have been declared COVID-free.

In a video shared to Queensland Health’s Twitter account, she explains that while coronavirus is a “mild” disease, people aren’t fully recovered once they return a negative test.

“As we learn more about the virus, we’re learning that for a reasonable number of people, they don’t recover, they’ll have long-term consequences from the disease,” she said.

“That’s because this virus doesn’t just affect the lungs, unlike flu this virus can affect every part of the body.”

Meanwhile, Victoria’s daily coronavirus case number has dropped below 100, with 94 new infections recorded on Saturday alongside 18 deaths.

The last time the state recorded fewer than 100 cases was 55 days ago on July 5.

The good news has been overshadowed by another 18 deaths, bringing Victoria’s fatality toll to more than 500.

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Shannon Molloy

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is demanding answers over Queensland’s controversial border restrictions following the death of one of a woman’s unborn babies.

Kimberley Brown lives in Ballina, just south of the Queensland border, and had sought hospital treatment in the Sunshine State but was refused entry.

The babies had developed twin transfusion syndrome, which causes malnourishment if not treated.

The mum-to-be was forced to travel to Sydney instead and it was revealed yesterday that one of her unborn twins had died.

Just over a week earlier, in response to Ms Brown’s case, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the astonishing declaration that “Queensland hospitals are for Queenslanders”.

“We need to get these principles established to ease the impact of these restrictions. we've got to put aside the disagreements we've had about this and get arrangements that can be workable and also protect people's health,” Mr Morrison said yesterday.

“There would need to be an extraordinary explanation in relation to (why) someone wouldn’t be able to get medical treatment in this circumstance,”

He indicated the Federal Government was considering intervening to define at a national level what constitutes a coronavirus hotspot.

Ms Palaszczuk extended her sympathies to Ms Brown yesterday but said she didn’t regret her remarks about the case last week.

“We are very, very compassionate in this state,” she insisted.

Ms Brown remains in hospital in Sydney.

Mr Morrison yesterday indicated the Queensland border is unnecessary.

"While the scale of the Victorian outbreak meant the borders between NSW and Vic were regrettably necessary — and they are and remain so — this does not diminish the principle that border restrictions, especially where there are no or very low cases in regional areas, cannot and should not be sustained."

Rebekah Scanlan

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has shared some of the long-term effects of the virus after patients have been declared COVID-free.

In a video shared to Queensland Health’s Twitter account, she explains that while coronavirus is a “mild” disease, people aren’t fully recovered once they return a negative test.

“As we learn more about the virus, we're learning that for a reasonable number of people, they don't recover, they'll have long-term consequences from the disease,” she said.

“That’s because this virus doesn’t just affect the lungs, unlike flu this virus can affect every part of the body.”

She explained the “long-term consequences” of the virus can affect the heart, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels and the brain.

Rebekah Scanlan

Schoolies Week has been formally canned by the Queensland Government following the announcement of strict new gathering rules on the Gold Coast.

Now locals have warned of the knock-on effect this will have on the area as the huge annual event generates more than $50 million in revenue.

Tanya Vearing, manager of Aegean Apartments in Surfers Paradise, described it as “absolutely devastating”.

"The uncertainty is really taking its toll on us. We have no clarity. We're always playing catch-up," she told Today.

Ms Vearing said the apartments she manages were nearly fully booked prior to the government's announcement and cancellations will be a huge blow to business.

"We are actually really rely on Schoolies to give us that boost because we have been so quiet," she said.

Rebekah Scanlan

Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services has announced Friday’s state coronavirus figures, recording 94 new cases and 18 deaths.

The number is the state’s lowest virus cases since July 5 when 74 cases were recorded.

Despite the positive case numbers, the state’s death toll spiked, soaring over 500 to 514 – a morbid new milestone.

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said Friday said he was hopeful daily case numbers might drop below 100 over the weekend.

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Rebekah Scanlan

At 8am Saturday the new Gold Coast restrictions on gatherings came into effect limiting get-togethers to a maximum of 10 people, unless held at a venue with a COVID-Safe plan.

The fresh restrictions come after Queensland recorded three new virus cases yesterday – two of which were contracted by Queensland Corrective Services Academy recruits who ate at the dining room of the training facility in Wacol, west of Brisbane.

While the restrictions affect all indoor and outdoor gatherings, it was a particularly rough blow for schoolies celebrations, an annual event held to celebrate the milestone of graduating high school.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Friday that organised events and concerts at the annual Gold Coast festival would not go ahead due to the “great risk” it posed.

Schoolies.com CEO Matt Lloyd said he respected and agreed with the decision to cancel events over the Schoolies period, but would his organisation would still do what it could to help school leavers celebrate their graduation in line with government guidelines.

“We know Schoolies traditionally occurs whenever and wherever young people travel together to celebrate the completion of Year 12,” Mr Lloyd said.

“It is not controlled by one organisation or destination, spanning from Western Australia through to Airlie Beach in North Queensland.”

Under the tough new restrictions, the iconic night beach parties are off the table and students be expected to check in to their chosen accommodation in small groups, subject to the restrictions and border closures in force on the day of check-in."

Schoolies is held during the last weekend of November and the first weekend in December and is considered a rite of passage for Year 12 graduates.

Rebekah Scanlan

Two Sydney sports clubs have been exposed to coronavirus, with those who have visited the locations advised to self-isolate.

Randwick Golf Club, in Sydney’s east, closed on Friday afternoon after it was notified of a positive case that had attended the clubhouse on Tuesday, August 25.

Mosman Rowers, on the city’s north shore also advised a COVID-positive patron frequented the venue on Monday, August 24 between 11.00am and midday, and again on Tuesday, August 25 from 9.00am to 9.30am.

Randwick Golf Club’s general manager Kristy Strong told members via a letter shared on its Facebook page the confirmed case had been at the club for a “brief 30-minute visit” after contracting the virus from City Tattersalls Club on August 21.

“People who were in close contact with the individual have been informed and I would recommend that they get tested,” she said, explaining the club had been shut.

She hopes to reopen the club at 3pm on August 31.

Mosman Rowers President Kathrina Doran said there were only a “small number of people in-venue” during the time the confirmed case had visited in a post on Facebook.

“NSW Health Officers advised that they believe there has been no close contact with any members, guests or staff,” she said.

Doran said, however, all staff who may have interacted with the case would be tested and self-isolate.

The club has closed for a deep clean and is due to reopen on Saturday at 11am.

Rebekah Scanlan

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has described the sunny weather forecast in Melbourne as “disappointing” over fears it may tempt people out of lockdown.

Parts of the state are still in stage 4 lockdown, but crowds are expected to flock outside to enjoy the sunshine.

In Melbourne, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reports temps of up to 20 degrees today with a zero percentage of rain.

As a result, Andrews has pleaded with Victorians to “do the right thing”.

Police and ADF personnel will be out in force to crack down on gatherings while drones will be deployed to help monitor the Victorian coastline and identify large groups and those breaking restrictions, Nine News reports.

Victoria Craw

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he wants to see Aussies to be able to travel interstate by Christmas.

Mr Morrison made it clear on Friday he believes the downward trajectory of virus cases means states should consider opening up for the holiday period.

“Well look, I believe we can, domestically,” he said about the Christmas travel date, Seven News reports.

“I’d love to say we could do it internationally but I don’t think I can give you that pledge internationally.

“I hope that changes but based on the current evidence that doesn’t look likely.”

Mr Morrison said closed borders is a “recipe for economic ruin” and is "not the plan" long-term.

“The plan is to ensure testing, tracing and outbreak containment, strong quarantine, COVID safe behaviours in the workplace, in the home, at the footy club, at the ground, in this conference.”

Benedict Brook

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton has said developing household bubbles for singles living in Victoria's lockdown is under "active consideration" from authorities.

Prof Sutton was asked on Twitter: "when restrictions change could u consider household bubble for singles? I live alone and work from home. No human contact for 4 weeks so far #awful".

He replied: "Yes. We know it’s really hard. It’s being talked through and under active consideration."

It was followed up by a series of messages from people describing how tough lockdown has been on people's mental health, with one saying that single people always get "shafted".

Victoria is still under stage four restrictions with signs they may be eased in the coming weeks as the number of new cases of coronavirus continues to fall.

Benedict Brook

New South Wales had announced new restrictions for aged care following the emergence of a worrying cluster emanating from a gym in Sydney's CBD.

On Friday night, NSW Health said it now "strongly advised" aged care centres should be off limits to any visitors from Greater Sydney or the Central Coast until 12 September.

The 14 day bar on entry to care homes is a "precaution" NSW Health has said and there was currently no evidence of any cases in residents or staff in aged care facilities in NSW.

"These are precautionary steps to prevent the entry of COVID-19 into this vulnerable setting," a statement from the government body said.

On Friday, NSW recorded 13 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number for some weeks.

Six of the new cases are linked to the cluster in Sydney's CBD centred on the gym of the City Tattersalls Club.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people to think about their movements this weekend, warning the government doesn't want to have to impose further restrictions.

"We have to be vigilant every single day and we had to state that has numbers will go up and down marginally for the next little while and we need to make sure that they don't get to a situation where we are having to impose further restrictions," she said.

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