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Seven new cases of COVID-19 reported in Queensland come from an oil tanker off the Sunshine Coast.

The state recorded nine cases overnight, with the other two detected in hotel quarantine.

“We have been working with (the ship’s crew) for some time as they descend from the upstate,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said Wednesday.

It is possible that more cases will originate from British-flagged Inge Kosan in the coming days, and Mr Miles said the government is deciding whether patients will be treated on board or taken ashore.

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“Queensland Health is very good at it, they are working with Maritime Safety Queensland and with the ship to make sure that the tests take place, to make sure that the health services are provided, and they will make decisions on the best place to provide these health services. “

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It is being examined whether infected patients can be quarantined on the ship to reduce risk to the rest of the crew, and Mr Miles said health care has been provided aboard the ships in similar cases.

It is an audit investigating the fit testing of personal protective equipment in hospitals across the state “found widespread inconsistencies and deficiencies,” according to the Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union.

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“The data clearly demonstrated what QNMU has long feared – that there are huge inconsistencies in PPE fit testing programs across our public health system,” Secretary Beth Mohle said.

“Now that the issues have been identified, we would like to focus on resolving the issues by working with QH to ensure that nurses working with COVID positive patients and others suspected of having the virus are on the safe side. safe and healthy. “

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Ms Mohle also welcomed the requirement that all staff working with COVID patients be tested and checked at the start of each shift, reported by the government.

From May 10, all staff working with COVID patients must be fully immunized and have PPE checked, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.

“(These) are the actions we took as a result of the audit,” she told reporters on Tuesday.

“The majority of hospitals are doing the right thing and have done it, but we know we can do better.”

-AAP

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