Media Release: UN Youth Australia’s response on COVID-19

By · 22 March, 2020 · Features, News
An update on COVID-19 and our responses.

UN Youth Australia has been regularly monitoring and acting upon developments
surrounding COVID-19. Over the weekend, UN Youth Tasmania made the decision
to cancel their State Conference as a precautionary measure to prevent any
possible health consequences. UN Youth Victoria, ACT, Northern Territory, and
Western Australia have all decided to cancel or postpone their upcoming
conferences in light of the recent developments.

On Saturday night, a volunteer started showing some low-level symptoms of COVID19 
due to being on board the same flight the weekend prior to the event (Sydney to
Hobart) as the fourth Tasmanian case of COVID-19. The Department of Health told
her that while it was a low risk that she had the virus, she should self-isolate. They
advised that there was no need for anyone else to self-isolate at this time.
Since the incident, this person has been tested negative for COVID-19 and is no
longer in self-isolation. Nobody else at this event has been advised to isolate, either
by UN Youth or the Department of Health.

UN Youth Australia have strictly followed the guidelines provided by the Department
of Health and the Public Health Information Hotline at all stages. They have advised
that there is minimal risk to participants and emphasise that the event was decided
to be cancelled as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety and well-being of
all participants.

UN Youth Australia sincerely apologise for the difficulty, stress and disappointment
this may have caused.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Chief Communications Officer,
Sarah Ramantanis, at communications@ojgi.cn or 0478 893 183.

READ THE FULL MEDIA RELEASE HERE: Media-Release-COVID-19 2019 

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