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Four test positive for coronavirus in West Moreton

The West More­ton Health re­gion has recorded four confirmed cases of novel coro­n­avirus (COVID-19).

As of Friday, 20 March, Queensland has a total of 184 confirmed cases.

Contact tracing is undertaken for each new case.

Queensland Health will notify the community if any other public health alerts are required.

A Queensland Health spokesperson said the majority of cases are from patients who have travelled overseas, or have had direct contact with a confirmed case who had travelled overseas

“The number of confirmed cases each day is expected to vary as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 situation across the state,” the spokesperson said.

“We want everyone to know they can play their part to protect themselves and the more vulnerable in our community.

“Please follow the recommended advice from us and our federal counterparts in regards to social distancing, public gatherings and general wellbeing.

“Critically, make sure you are practicing good hygiene and staying home if you’re sick. Washing your hands properly and often is the gold standard of health advice that can help prevent viruses from entering your body.”

Queensland Health is urging anyone who has been overseas in the last 14 days and has a fever or any respiratory symptoms to see a doctor immediately. Please call ahead to the GP surgery and let them know your symptoms and travel history, this will help them prepare for your arrival.

The most up-to-date reliable information is available on the Queensland Health website.

Timeline of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Queensland

Saturday, 14 March: West Moreton Health recorded its first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient was a 51 year old male. The state-wide total came to 46 cases.

Sunday, 15 March: West Moreton Health recorded its second case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient was a 22 year old female. The state total increased to 61 cases.

Monday, 16 March: There was a total of 68 cases state-wide.

Tuesday, 17 March: There was a total of 78 cases state-wide.

Wednesday, 18 March: West Moreton Health recorded its third case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The state total increased to 94 cases.

Thursday, 19 March: West Moreton Health recorded its fourth case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The state total increased to 144 cases.

Friday, 20 March: There was a total of 184 cases state-wide.

Those who get novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will experience different levels of severity and symptoms.

This chart from Queensland Health shows the symptoms of COVID-19 and compares them with a common cold and flu.

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