CONFIRMED: Qld woman at centre of COVID-19 mystery tests negative

A Queensland woman feared to have been the state’s latest case of community transmission has returned a negative result for coronavirus following further testing.

The 68-year-old woman from Ipswich was initially diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday, with her source of infection baffling health authorities.

However, there were concerns that it may have been a false positive after a follow up test returned a negative result.


Further testing was then conducted to determine if the woman actually had the virus or not, with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirming overnight the woman was in the clear.

“A serology test for a 68-year-old Ipswich woman initially diagnosed with COVID-19 has come back negative,” the Premier said.

“The follow-up test was ordered after her first PCR test returned a positive result and her second test returned a negative result.

“The woman had initially been referred to a private pathology laboratory for a test by her GP, which came back positive. After being notified, Queensland Health performed follow-up tests, both of which were negative.”

The result means Queensland has actually recorded zero new cases of the virus for four days straight.

The state’s active case tally has also been altered down from twelve to eleven.