BREAKING: Confirmed COVID-19 case in Qld after couple escape Melbourne’s lockdown

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.


“The woman was tested yesterday and it was confirmed today that it is a positive case,” Ms D’Ath said.

“This lady travelled with her partner, leaving Melbourne on June 1 and arriving in Queensland on June 5, and she travelled up through New South Wales, across the border at Goondiwindi.”

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.

“She could well have been infectious while she was travelling through New South Wales and that is something I’ve been working on with my colleagues in New South Wales,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

The woman’s partner is now also in the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, with fears he will test positive.

“He spent a lot of time with her in the car so I am quite concerned that he has been exposed and could become infected so we thought it best to put him in hospital until we work out what has happened,” Dr Young said.

The circumstances surrounding how the pair were able to flee Melbourne during lockdown and travel into Queensland is currently under investigation.

All the aspects of how that occurred, including what’s happened in other states, that we will do in a cooperative manner with our colleagues in Victoria and New South Wales,” Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said.

“We will examine all those issues around passes, and whether they were appropriate and what has happened.

“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.

“Any case of COVID is frustrating,” she said.

“The community has had to put up with so much now for 18 months and to do this again, it doesn’t matter the cause, any community case of COVID is going to be frustrating for a lot of people.”

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.”

The full list of exposure sites attended by the couple in Queensland can be found here, while the NSW exposure sites can be viewed here.