Jones probed on school link

COVID-19 PANDEMIC:

Queensland Health says it has dismissed the likelihood of any link between Sydney-based right-wing media commentator Alan Jones (main picture) and the outbreak of the virulent delta strain of the coronavirus among some near-city schools that forced Brisbane and 10 other local authority areas into lockdown this week.

A QH spokesperson said the office of the state’s Chief Medical Officer, Jeanette Young, had been contacted by an anonymous member of the public who passed on information about the Queensland-born Jones as well as allegations about a possible link between him and COVID-affected schools.

“The anonymous caller gave Dr Young’s office information about Jones and when the CMO was told about the call and the information it generated, she immediately ordered an inquiry by one of Queensland Health’s specialist epidemiological teams.

“The caller advised that Alan Jones was a teacher at Ironside State School in the early 1960s after he graduated from a Brisbane teachers’ college,” the spokesperson said.

“The caller also passed on information that Jones later taught at Brisbane Grammar School.

“Both schools are among a number of state and private primary and high schools in Brisbane’s inner-west which have had students or family contacts test positive for the delta strain of the coronavirus.

“The caller believed the mere presence of someone as vicious, malevolent, and virulent as Jones at the schools might have caused a viral outbreak such as the delta variant of COVID-19 even 60 years later.”

The QH spokesperson said the investigation ordered by Dr Young had not found any proven link between the latest virus outbreak and the presence of Jones at the schools.

“However, the CMO has ordered epidemiological teams to keep their investigation open just in case,” the spokesperson said.