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Premier urges Queenslanders to unite behind the Chinese community

“So, please, everybody do the right thing and show respect and treat everybody equally and go about your normal business.”

Michael Ma, secretary-general of Queensland Chinese United Council, said Chinese schoolchildren had been harassed and discriminated against.

“It is a virus we call the coronavirus, not China virus,” he told reporters in Brisbane.

“What we are going to do is isolate the virus, not Chinese.”

Ms Palaszczuk’s call for civility came as state government officials sent text messages to the parents of 3760 people under the age of 18 who returned from China, including Hong Kong, in the past 14 days.

Dr Jeannette Young, the state’s Chief Health Officer, said those children should not attend school, childcare or TAFE until 14 days after the date of their departure from China or Hong Kong. The advice also applied to teachers, staff and anyone else who had been to China or Hong Kong recently.

Meanwhile, eight male students have been isolated from other boarders at John Paul College south of Brisbane over coronavirus concerns.

The Chinese national women's football team remains isolated in the Westin Brisbane hotel.

The Chinese national women’s football team remains isolated in the Westin Brisbane hotel.Credit:Julien Mattia

The students, who recently returned to Australia from China or Hong Kong, will be withdrawn from the Daisy Hill school for 14 days.

Queensland’s only two confirmed coronavirus cases – a 44-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman from Hubei Province – are recovering in a stable condition in Gold Coast University Hospital. Seven others who were in contact with the pair remain in quarantine.

More than 200 others have been tested with no further positive results.

The Chinese women’s football team, which is in quarantine in The Westin Brisbane hotel, has not shown symptoms of the virus.


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