A Melbourne man who travelled to Queensland while infectious with COVID-19 is the state’s only new case in the past 24 hours.
The case has sparked a major public health alert, with contact tracers now desperately working to track down everyone the man may have come into contact with.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the man, aged in his 20s, was infectious when he flew from Melbourne to Brisbane on a Virgin flight on Monday.
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He then stayed overnight in Brisbane and mingled with about 15 family members and friends, before then flying to Bundaberg to work on a strawberry farm.
“This is a time for heightened alertness for all our population in Brisbane and Bundaberg,” Dr Jeannette Young said at a press conference on Saturday.
She has urged anyone who believes they may have come into contact with the man not to wait for a phone call from authorities and to immediately get tested.
“It is really really important for people who live in Brisbane or Bundaberg, don’t wait for a phone call from a contact tracer, if you’ve got any symptoms, now is the time to go and get tested,” Ms Young said.
“We know he was infectious when he flew into Brisbane on Monday and we’re now five to six days later, so now is when people will start showing symptoms.”
The flights the man travelled on are Virgin Flight VA313 from Melbourne to Brisbane on 1 June and Virgin Flight VA2905 from Brisbane to Bundaberg on 2 June.
“We ask that passengers of these flights, who have not already been contacted by Queensland Health, to call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) and advise that you were a passenger on this flight,” Ms Young said.
Four people who the man shared accommodation with in Bundaberg have been tested and returned negative results for COVID-19.
“I’m waiting on a whole range of other tests to come back later today for other contacts,” Ms Young said.
Today’s case brings the state’s coronavirus total to 1061, with four cases still active.