Mike Webb, Qld Auslan interpreter, reportedly in quarantine after Covid-19 exposure



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Auslan interpreter Mike Webb is reportedly in quarantine after attending a Covid-19 exposure site. Picture, John GassSource:News Corp Australia

A high-profile Auslan interpreter who has attended daily press conferences with the Queensland Deputy Premier and chief health officer during the state’s Delta outbreak has been ordered into isolation.

Mike Webb, known for his man bun and suits, was reportedly identified as a close contact on Wednesday afternoon after a senior subject selection expo at Indooroopilly State High last Thursday night he is believed to have attended was deemed a high risk exposure site.

NCA NewsWire understands he entered isolation just hours after he stood next to Steven Miles, Dr Jeannette Young and Health Minister Yvette D’Ath at Wednesday’s daily Covid-19 update, where 16 cases linked to the Indooroopilly cluster were announced.

Queensland Health told NCA NewsWire that they could not comment on individual cases.

“We are not aware of anyone attending yesterday’s press conference who had been to an exposure venue that was listed prior to the press conference,” a spokesperson said.

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Auslan interpreter Mikey Webb (left) who makes Queensland’s Covid-19 press conferences accessibly to the deaf community has reportedly been ordered to isolate after attending a Covid-19 exposure site. Picture: NCA NewsWire / John GassSource:News Corp Australia

It’s understood the state’s leaders, as well as the media pack who attended the press conference, will not be forced into isolation at this stage in line with Queensland Health guidelines.

4BC host Neil Breen said Mr Webb’s isolation was “worth keeping an eye on” due to his proximity with the state’s leaders.

More than 5800 Queenslanders are currently in home quarantine as the state battles the most significant risk since the pandemic began last March.

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It’s understood Mr Webb attended a senior subject selection expo at Indooroopilly State School, where the first case in the Delta cluster was detected. NCA NewsWire / Sarah MarshallSource:News Corp Australia

The 11 local government areas of the southeast are on their fifth day of lockdown, which authorities are hoping they can lift on Sunday, but Dr Young says the onus is on every individual to ensure restrictions can ease by next week.

“If we don’t do something really, really, really special in Queensland, we’ll be extending the lockdown,” she said on Wednesday.

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Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young says she ‘may never know’ how the state’s latest cluster began. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan PeledSource:News Corp Australia

The current outbreak has been genomically linked to two travellers who returned to Queensland at the end of June.

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Dr Young has conceded she “may never know” how the virus spread from the two people to the 17-year-old Indooroopilly State High School student who tested positive last week.

Since then, 63 cases have been linked to the state’s Delta outbreak.

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