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Dad who was told he had an STI despite being faithful to wife is diagnosed with testicular cancer

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A father who was told he had an STI despite being faithful to his wife later learnt he had a cancer tumour the size of an avocado.

Hayden Baker, from Whangārei in the Northland region of New Zealand‘s North Island, was diagnosed with testicular cancer about six weeks after first presenting to hospital in December 2016.

Mr Baker has now been in remission for three years and has a healthy son with his wife Leah.  

The 35-year-old linehaul truck driver told Daily Mail Australia he first knew something wasn’t right when he hit a bump in the road and ‘immediately felt dizzy, like a concussion’.

‘Got to my unload point and went straight to the bathroom. It didn’t look right at that early stage and felt real uncomfortable,’ he said.

But when he took himself to the emergency department at Whangārei Hospital, Mr Baker was told it was likely he contracted a sexually transmitted infection.

Hayden Baker, from Whangārei in the Northland region of New Zealand's North Island, was diagnosed with testicular cancer about six weeks after first presenting to hospital in December 2016

Hayden Baker, from Whangārei in the Northland region of New Zealand's North Island, was diagnosed with testicular cancer about six weeks after first presenting to hospital in December 2016

Hayden Baker, from Whangārei in the Northland region of New Zealand’s North Island, was diagnosed with testicular cancer about six weeks after first presenting to hospital in December 2016

‘The first time I went to hospital it suggested it was an STI and no other options explored or explained,’ he said.

‘When I was referred back to the urology department by my GP it was still suggested it was an STI.’

Mr Baker, who is faithful to his wife, said he was ‘stunned’ by the suggestion it was an STI.

‘My wife grabbed my hand pretty hard and was looking at me sideways,’ he said. 

‘I immediately thought, ”What dirty bathroom have I used while on the road for work?”’

‘I felt worse when they continued to ask the second time went to hospital. I felt very awkward.’

Ms Baker is a flight medic so the pair decided to conduct their own research.

‘We had been reading all her medical journals. We had an idea it wasn’t what they thought but didn’t expect cancer,’ he explained.

Mr Baker is now three years clean from cancer and has a healthy son named Harry (centre) with his wife Leah (left)

Mr Baker is now three years clean from cancer and has a healthy son named Harry (centre) with his wife Leah (left)

Mr Baker is now three years clean from cancer and has a healthy son named Harry (centre) with his wife Leah (left)

‘The tumor was growing and getting bigger. It ended up been 11cm long and 6cm wide.’

Mr Baker said he was ‘incredibly disappointed with the health system and doctor’s involved’ before his cancer diagnosis.

‘My quality of life at that time was terrible,’ he said.

Northland District Health Board told the New Zealand Herald they stand by their first decision to send Mr Baker home with antibiotics, as patients who present symptoms while alongside their partner are unlikely to confess to infidelity. 

According to medical records, Mr Baker was diagnosed with epididymo-orchitis, an infection usually caused by an STI.

Northland District Health Board chief medical officer Dr Michael Roberts apologised for the delay in diagnosis.

‘I want to front up and own up to what we did which was miss a diagnosis at a time where it would have been very difficult to make the right diagnosis straight away,’ he said.

‘The thing that I’m pleased about was that he was told if things didn’t settle down then he should see his GP and he took that advice.’

Mr Baker, who is faithful to his wife, said he was 'stunned' by the suggestion it was an STI. 'My wife grabbed my hand pretty hard and was looking at me sideways,' he said

Mr Baker, who is faithful to his wife, said he was 'stunned' by the suggestion it was an STI. 'My wife grabbed my hand pretty hard and was looking at me sideways,' he said

Mr Baker, who is faithful to his wife, said he was ‘stunned’ by the suggestion it was an STI. ‘My wife grabbed my hand pretty hard and was looking at me sideways,’ he said

When Mr Baker was eventually diagnosed with cancer, he stayed in hospital for the tumour’s removal and recovery. 

‘We were able to join the national fertility organisation because we were considering having kids and there was no guarantee after chemo we could still conceive naturally,’ he said.

Mr Baker underwent 42 days of chemotherapy and was fit enough to return to work five weeks after his final treatment. 

‘The company I work for were amazing, they parked my brand new truck up until I came back,’ he said.

‘Now I’m three year’s clean, I have check ups every three months.’ 

Hayden Baker is pictured with wife Leah. The couple are parents to Harry, who is almost two years old

Hayden Baker is pictured with wife Leah. The couple are parents to Harry, who is almost two years old

Hayden Baker is pictured with wife Leah. The couple are parents to Harry, who is almost two years old

After surviving cancer, the Bakers were able to welcome their first child into the family. 

‘There was absolutely no guarantee that after chemo my fertility system would be okay,’ Mr Baker said.

‘After talking with my oncologist, he said to wait six months for my body to clear any chemo drugs that may be residual in my body and we could try.’

Mr Baker said his wife fell pregnant almost ‘straight away’.  

‘Harry is nearly two and is a happy and healthy little boy. Exactly what we needed after everything.

‘We thought we had missed our chance. We were to busy chasing money and careers, then cancer could’ve ruled kids out all together.’ 

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Hungry Jacks issues urgent alert after a staff member tests positive to COVID-19

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Hungry Jacks has issued an urgent warning after a staff member in regional Victoria tested positive to COVID-19.

The fast food giant’s Bakery Hill and Wendouree stores, 113km west of Melbourne, were immediately closed and staff were sent home after Monday’s positive result. 

‘All employees who had worked shifts with the identified worker at Wendouree have been notified to self-isolate and to get tested,’ a company statement read. 

Staff won’t be allowed to return to work until they are tested and complete 14 days in quarantine, The Ararat Advertiser reported. 

Hungry Jacks has closed the Bakery Hill and Wendouree stores, 113km west of Melbourne, after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday (a sign posted on the door of the Wendouree store pictured)

Hungry Jacks has closed the Bakery Hill and Wendouree stores, 113km west of Melbourne, after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday (a sign posted on the door of the Wendouree store pictured)

Hungry Jacks has closed the Bakery Hill and Wendouree stores, 113km west of Melbourne, after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday (a sign posted on the door of the Wendouree store pictured)

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Hungry Jacks for comment.  

The news comes as Victoria recorded 331 COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths, taking the state’s death toll to 246 and the national figure to 331.

There have been 15,251 cases confirmed in Victoria so far, with 650 people currently in hospital. 

Of those, 47 are in intensive care and 24 are on ventilators. 

Victorian premier Dan Andrews said it was too soon to see what impact Melbourne’s stage four lockdown was having on coronavirus numbers. 

Staff at both stores will not be allowed to return to work until they have tested negative for COVID-19 and completed a 14-day quarantine (an empty Hungry Jacks pictured)

Staff at both stores will not be allowed to return to work until they have tested negative for COVID-19 and completed a 14-day quarantine (an empty Hungry Jacks pictured)

Staff at both stores will not be allowed to return to work until they have tested negative for COVID-19 and completed a 14-day quarantine (an empty Hungry Jacks pictured)

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New Zealand records four new COVID-19 cases and plunges back into lockdown

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New Zealand has plunged back into a strict lockdown after four members of one family tested positive for coronavirus – despite 102 days of zero community transmission. 

The nation has been the envy of the world for its handling of the COVID-19 crisis, particularly after passing the 100 day milestone.

But from midday on Wednesday, Auckland will reenter a stage three lockdown and the rest of the nation will enter a level two lockdown after new cases were identified on Tuesday.  

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scheduled a last minute press conference for about 9.15pm on Tuesday night as word spread of the lockdown.  

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scheduled a last minute press conference for about 9.15pm on Tuesday night as word spread of the lockdown

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scheduled a last minute press conference for about 9.15pm on Tuesday night as word spread of the lockdown

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scheduled a last minute press conference for about 9.15pm on Tuesday night as word spread of the lockdown

Contact tracing is now underway among multiple workplaces across New Zealand, and close contacts of the confirmed cases have been instructed to self isolate. 

Ms Ardern is concerned about the origin of the virus, given the family have no links to overseas travel.

‘We have not yet been able to determine the source of these cases, there is no known link to hotel quarantine.

‘One of the most important lessons we have learned from overseas is to go hard at this… In line with our precautionary approach, we will be asking Aucklanders to take swift lockdown’.  

Ms Ardern admitted authorities are ‘expecting to see more cases’ linked to the cluster. 

The popular PM will plunge Auckland back into a stage three lockdown from Wednesday in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus as part of her ‘resurgence plan’.

‘You are asked to stay home in your bubble unless you are an essential worker’. 

All bars, restaurants and public services must close by midday on Wednesday, as gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited.

‘If you are in Auckland, we ask that you wear a mask when accessing essential services.’

The popular PM will plunge Auckland back into a stage three lockdown from Wednesday in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus as part of her 'resurgence plan'

The popular PM will plunge Auckland back into a stage three lockdown from Wednesday in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus as part of her 'resurgence plan'

The popular PM will plunge Auckland back into a stage three lockdown from Wednesday in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus as part of her ‘resurgence plan’

‘While this initial three day lockdown will primarily effect the Auckland region, I am asking our team of five million to stay alert as well. We have defeated this virus before and can do it again.’ 

The rest of the nation will enter a three day level two lockdown. 

If contact tracing and widespread testing do not identify the source of the current outbreak, the lockdown could be extended.

‘If we are not able to identify the source, we should be able to identify whether we have wider geographic spread.’

Authorities hope their swift action will help to manage the potential spread of the virus following the latest outbreak. 

New Zealand went into level 4 lockdown on March 25, acting swiftly once the threat of COVID-19 was present.

By April 27, the virus appeared somewhat under control and the lockdown was eased to level 3. 

May 13 signalled the beginning of level 2 lockdown while most restrictions were entirely eased on June 9. 

Ms Ardern said she has no doubt New Zealand will defeat the virus for a second time. 

More to come. 

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Australians could travel to Bali from NEXT MONTH as Indonesian officials push for travel bubble

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Australians could be allowed to travel to Bali from as early as next month as Indonesian officials push for a travel bubble between the two nations. 

Indonesia‘s Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said Australia is one of a select number of countries officials would like to welcome tourists ahead of plans to reopen Bali on September 11.

‘We have to carefully selected (countries), so I think Australia, New Zealand later on, China, of course, and maybe South Korea and Japan. We are studying day by day,’ he said. 

Indonesian officials are hoping to implement a travel bubble with Australia. Pictured: Atuh Beach in Bali (stock image)

Indonesian officials are hoping to implement a travel bubble with Australia. Pictured: Atuh Beach in Bali (stock image)

Indonesian officials are hoping to implement a travel bubble with Australia. Pictured: Atuh Beach in Bali (stock image)

Mr Luhut, who was speaking at an address to the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club on Monday, said discussions would be held with the Australian government. 

‘Right now we negotiate with Australia. We will see what happens, what they need from us and what we need from them,’ he said.

‘We need to negotiate standard of care because nobody can claim they’re better than others. Look at America right now. Look at Singapore right now.’ 

Mr Luhut said he believes Indonesia is currently handling the coronavirus pandemic ‘okay’ but needs to remain vigilant. 

According to the minister, Indonesia remains on track to reopen its international borders in September. Bali welcomed domestic travellers on July 31 and saw about 4,000 additional arrivals daily. 

Tourism brings in billions of dollars to the Indonesian economy each year.

Indonesia's Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said his government would speak to Australia about the proposed travel bubble

Indonesia's Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said his government would speak to Australia about the proposed travel bubble

Indonesia’s Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said his government would speak to Australia about the proposed travel bubble

Pictured: Flight attendants wearing face mask walk through Bali's international airport during the coronavirus pandemic

Pictured: Flight attendants wearing face mask walk through Bali's international airport during the coronavirus pandemic

Pictured: Flight attendants wearing face mask walk through Bali’s international airport during the coronavirus pandemic

There were more than 16million visitors to Indonesia last year, including 1.3million Australians, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Despite Mr Luhut’s hopeful comments, there is little indication the Australian government would implement a travel bubble with Indonesia anytime soon. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia’s international borders remain closed for the foreseeable future and citizens are advised against leaving. 

On Tuesday, NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner warned border controls on visitors from coronavirus hotspots would remain in place for at least 18 months. 

Queensland has barred visitors from NSW and Victoria, while WA Premier Mark McGowan announced his borders could remain shut until mid-next year.

Indonesia has recorded more than 127,000 coronavirus cases and more than 5,700 deaths.  

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