Sydney: Epping Boys High School shut after coronavirus infects teen

Sydney: Epping Boys High School shut after coronavirus infects teen, by Yoni Bashan.

A student at a Sydney high school has been infected with coronavirus, prompting health officials to immediately shut down the entire campus, amid warnings the rapidly spreading nationwide outbreak is unlikely to be contained.

Epping Boys High School in Sydney’s north, attended by about 1100 students, was ordered to be closed on Thursday night to begin decontamination efforts. …

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the teenager might have contracted the virus through contact with another coronavirus patient, making his a case of local transmission.

Mystery:

NSW’s chief health officer Kerry Chant has revealed that the student from Epping Boys High School who has been diagnosed with coronavirus was the son of a health worker who worked at Ryde Hospital. A doctor at Ryde Hospital was also diagnosed this week with COVID-19. But surprisingly, the mother of the infected boy has tested negative for coronavirus.

Dr Chant said she did not have an explanation as how the student came to be infected when his mother did not catch the virus via Ryde Hospital.