Parts of Queensland are again on COVID-19 alert after a couple escaped Melbourne’s lockdown and travelled to Queensland, where one of them has now tested positive to the virus.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath confirmed the woman and her husband drove from Greater Melbourne, through New South Wales, before arriving on the Sunshine Coast on June 5.
It’s understood the couple then resided with family at Caloundra, before the woman began experiencing symptoms and came forward for testing.
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The couple visited a number of locations on their travels, including Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, and other suburbs across the Sunshine Coast, along with several towns in regional NSW including Gillenbah, Forbes, Dubbo and Moree.
The woman’s partner is now also in the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, with fears he will test positive.
The circumstances surrounding how the pair were able to flee Melbourne during lockdown and travel into Queensland is currently under investigation.
“We can take legal action and take them to court. So there are quite serious offences in this, we will examine all of that and we’ll make the appropriate decision on what the evidence tells us.”
Dr Young said the new case is extremely frustrating, considering how well Queensland has been tracking.
She is now urging the community to rally together and come forward for testing if any symptoms arise.
“Anyone who has been to an exposure site listed on our website must come forward and get tested,” Dr Young said.
“Anyone else who has symptoms, no matter how mild, need to be tested as soon as possible.”