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QLD Health red-faced after spreading ‘fake news’ about a COVID super spreader party

On March 26 Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young gave a press conference saying the COVID-19 case reported that morning was believed to be the “missing link” responsible for the current “super cluster,” which put the state on high alert. She said the man, after being told to self-isolate, threw a party with 25 people. It later turned out that the man had five people at most at his house and they were in fact his roommates. Queensland police asked the public to stop harassing the man. (Screen grab of news.com.au)

AUSTRALIA – Queensland Health authorities have egg on their face after they were caught giving the public misleading information.

On Friday Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr. Jeanette Young gave a press conference saying a COVID-19 case was believed to be the “missing link” responsible for passing on the virus and was the cause of a super spreader in a Queensland cluster.

Queensland health then promptly put that state on “high alert.”

A man was accused by the Health authority of hosting a party with 25 friends while waiting for his COVID test results. A 26-year-old man from Stafford, in Brisbane’s north, tested positive for a UK variant of the virus. Health authorities then claimed that a close contact of that case ignored health orders to self-isolate and instead threw a party with 25 friends.

But it turns out that’s not true.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski asked people to stop harassing the young man. He said there weren’t 25 people at the party and there may have only been up to five people. It is now known that most of the people at the gathering are in fact his roommates.

Gollschewski said that there was “no evidence” that anyone in attendance at the party committed an offence.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath defended the health authority saying the information they provided the public was what health authorities obtained while assisting contact tracers. But she admitted it’s possible that health authorities misunderstood the information he provided.