BRISBANE, Australia — Australia’s orphanage system is on lockdown, with police restricting access to children who may have been infected with the coronaviruses coronaviral disease and the human immunodeficiency virus.
The Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane is in lockdown and children at the hospital are being put on isolation.
Brisbane Children’s Hospitals, a community hospital run by the Royal Children, said its staff will be able to access the ward, but would not be able bring in anyone who has had contact with the infected person.
Police said they are working to remove anyone who is in the hospital or has come into contact with a person who has been infected, including anyone who may pose a threat to others.
“We do have an active investigation into possible contact with anyone who came into contact and who has come in contact with these two coronavirosts,” Police Commissioner Michael McCormack said.
He said they would be able carry out additional checks on children at other hospitals in the Brisbane area.
McGregor said he was aware of three other Australian hospitals in lockdown, but did not know if any children had been admitted to either.
In a statement, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital said it had not been informed of the lockdown and would not open for patients.
A spokesperson said the hospital had been closed for the past five days and would be open on Monday.
Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick said the state’s health authorities were working with the Queensland Government and local councils to establish a safe environment for children and staff.
Parents who do not want their children vaccinated should not go to Queensland Health and the Queensland Health Service has urged all families to contact their local health authority.
On Saturday, the Australian Capital Territory’s chief health officer, Dr Michael Risch, said the coronivirus outbreak had been the worst in its history.
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