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Twenty-four guests test positive for coronavirus after 50th birthday

Twenty-four guests test positive for deadly coronavirus after attending a lavish 50th birthday bash – making the party one of Australia’s biggest ‘super spreader’ events

  • Twenty-four guests fell ill after attending a 50th birthday bash in Noosa
  • They were diagnosed with COVID-19 after celebrating at  Sails restaurant
  • Two confirmed cases own a local butcher shop which is temporarily closed 
  • Sails has also closed its doors and asked any guests at the event to get tested 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Twenty-four people that attended a lavish 50th birthday bash have been struck down with coronavirus. 

Guests enjoyed the event at Sails restaurant, in Noosa, QLD, on March 14 before falling ill.

Dozens of attendees were diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and are now in isolation.

Sails restaurant has temporarily closed.  

Mayor Tony Wellington announced the latest numbers during a meeting with the Noosa Local Disaster Management Group, according to the Courier Mail

Authorities have confirmed 24 of the guests that attended a luxurious 50th birthday bash at Sails in Noosa have been struck down with coronavirus

Authorities have confirmed 24 of the guests that attended a luxurious 50th birthday bash at Sails in Noosa have been struck down with coronavirus

‘With regard to the Sails restaurant event, this was a private 50th birthday party of which 24 people have now tested positive who attended that party,’ he said.

‘Only four of those live on the Sunshine Coast, the rest have dispersed elsewhere into southeast Queensland.

‘Health authorities are tracing all those participants, and they say there is a low risk to the community generally to that event.     

Peter and Michelle Wright, the owners of a local butchery, were the first guests from the dinner party who publicly confirmed they had been diagnosed with coronavirus.

While the couple self-isolated as soon as they spoke with Queensland Health, they said they’ve faced a barrage of abuse from the community.

Peter (pictured) and Michelle Wright, the owners of a local butchery, were the first guests from the dinner party who publicly confirmed they were carriers

Peter (pictured) and Michelle Wright, the owners of a local butchery, were the first guests from the dinner party who publicly confirmed they were carriers

‘We had no control over it, we were exposed through no fault of mine, it’s just how it is,’ Mr Wright told Sunshine Coast Daily. ‘We’ll be lucky if we survive this.’

A spokesman for Sails said they were informed some of the guests had visited multiple locations and businesses – possibly while infected.

‘A number of people… attended an exclusive-hire private function at the restaurant in mid-March… and have since tested positive for COVID-19.   

‘While the source of the infection has not been confirmed, as a precautionary measure, Sails immediately implemented all Queensland Health protocols and notified staff with direct exposure to guests.’

The spokesman said the function was not open to the general public, but that anybody who did attend should consult medical professionals if they develop any symptoms.

Symptoms for coronavirus include a fever, runny nose and dry cough. 

Sails, in Noosa (pictured) released a statement claiming they were informed some of the guests had visited multiple locations and businesses - possibly while infected

Sails, in Noosa (pictured) released a statement claiming they were informed some of the guests had visited multiple locations and businesses – possibly while infected

Sails temporarily closed their doors on Monday along with many other hospitality businesses, which were forced to cease trading under Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s stage one lockdown laws.

Bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms and cinemas, as well as places of worship and other places of gathering, will be closed for an estimated six months as Australia attempts to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Mr Wright said he never would have suspected he had coronavirus based on his symptoms, which were minor.

He said he had a ‘bit of a sniffly nose and headache’ but the symptoms went away with panadol. He attributed general aches and pains to his work, and never experienced any high temperatures.

The couple closed their butcher shop for a minimum of two weeks and all 20 staff are in self isolation to ensure they don’t pass the illness on to any of their customers. 

No staff have showed any symptoms of carrying the illness. 

The couple closed their butcher shop for a minimum of two weeks and all 20 staff are in self isolation to ensure they don't pass the illness on to any of their customers

The couple closed their butcher shop for a minimum of two weeks and all 20 staff are in self isolation to ensure they don’t pass the illness on to any of their customers

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