A Sydney midwife has been diagnosed with coronavirus, as health officials scramble to contact new mums who she treated at St George Hospital.
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District has confirmed the midwife tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation.
All patients that were in close contact with the midwife have been informed, with officials saying that is ‘no ongoing risk’ to patients at the hospital.
It comes as New South Wales saw another spike in cases overnight, bringing its total to 1,219.
There are now 16 COVID-19 patients in intensive care in NSW, with 10 of those requiring ventilators.
A sign advising people to not push the button at street crossings in Sydney’s CBD on Wednesday, as the city feels the weight of the coronavirus pandemic
A further two children under 10 have tested positive for the virus in the state, bringing the total in that age group to four.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 2,675
New South Wales: 1,219
Western Australia: 205
South Australia: 197
Australian Capital Territory: 44
Northern Territory: 5
TOTAL CASES: 2,675
A one-year-old girl whose parent is a confirmed case and a two-year-old girl who acquired the infection overseas have both already been isolated with family, and have mild symptoms.
‘All patients that were in close contact with the midwife have been informed,’ a spokeswoman for the hospital said.
‘The midwife is now in isolation and there is no ongoing risk to patients at St George Hospital.’
It comes as a third person in Victoria died from the virus on Thursday, taking the national death toll to 12.
Victoria’s total rose to 520 diagnosed cases of the respiratory infection, an increase of 54 from Wednesday.
A 68-year-old Queensland man died on Wednesday afternoon after catching the virus on board a cruise ship that docked in Sydney last week.
Queensland Health said the man had a ‘serious underlying medical condition before contracting the virus.’
More to follow.
The midwife worked at south Sydney’s St George Hospital (pictured) and is now in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus
Source: dailymail UK