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Brisbane hospital COVID ward still shut as engineers probe airflow




A ward at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital remains closed, more than a month after a COVID-positive patient infected three health staff.

Two nurses working on the 5D ward contracted the virus from a man who had returned from India, sparking two separate community clusters that forced greater Brisbane into lockdown just before Easter.

Two virus clusters both emerged in the PA Hospital ward where it cares for COVID patients.Credit:Getty

The patient also unknowingly infected a junior doctor who assessed him for potential admission to the hospital on March 10.

How the staff members became infected remained a mystery to health authorities investigating the breach.

Genomic testing has revealed all three staff were infected by the returned…

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