A public health alert has been issued for anyone who visited a cafe and toilets at the Brisbane International Airport on Thursday.
It comes after an infected traveller was accidentally let into the international terminal’s green zone, despite arriving on a flight from the high-risk country of Papua New Guinea.
The man, who has tested positive to COVID-19, was mistakenly allowed to roam freely for around two hours before staff realised the breach.
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As a result, a café and toilets at the airport have now been identified as potential exposure sites by Queensland Health.
Anyone who was at the below venues during the times specified is being told to immediately isolate.
- Hudson’s Coffee stand and the adjacent seating area between the coffee stand and the white barriers between 9.53am and 11.20am on Thursday, 29 April 2021 or
- the male toilets adjacent to Gate 79 between 11.23am and 11.15pm on Thursday, 29 April 2021.
Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett said anyone who had been in these areas at the same time needed to quarantine and get tested on Tuesday, 4 May, five days after their exposure.
“It is likely that all of these contacts will be in New Zealand and NZ’s public health authorities are providing similar advice to people,” she said.
“However, we need to make sure we capture any contacts who remain in Australia. Having viewed CCTV footage, we believe people who have been to these locations during the times of exposure face a potential risk.
“We need them to quarantine and get tested five days after visiting these locations. That is the average incubation period of SARS-CoV-2 so if they are negative, they will be safe to leave quarantine.”
Serology tests have revealed the man is likely to have been at a late stage of his infection, meaning he posed a low risk to other passengers at the airport.
“He and his travel partner were appropriately masked and socially distanced while in the green zone, outside of visiting the exposure sites,” Dr Bennett said.
The three flights affected are Air New Zealand NZ202 from Brisbane to Christchurch, Air New Zealand NZ146 from Brisbane to Auckland, and Qantas QF135 from Brisbane to Christchurch.
In some good news, Queensland recorded no new COVID-19 cases overnight.
The total number of active cases in the state remains at 28.