COVID-19 cases detected on superyacht now deemed historical

TWO cases of coronavirus that were detected onboard a luxury superyacht off Cairns have now been determined as historical.

Queensland Health confirmed overnight that the pair, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s, are no longer considered active.

“Any individual who returns a positive COVID-19 test result in Queensland is interviewed,” the statement said.


“If required, further testing is undertaken to better understand the circumstance around their infection.

“One reason for further testing is to assist in determining if the positive test result relates to a new infection or is the result of prolonged shedding of the virus, which is seen in some people with an historical infection with COVID-19.”

Serology tests showed that both cases had antibodies from a previous recovered infection of COVID-19.

“They are no longer infectious” Qld Health said.

All other crew from the superyacht, which arrived in Queensland last week from the Maldives, have also been tested and returned negative results.

However, they will continue to quarantine for the full 14-day quarantine period where they will be monitored for any symptoms of the virus.

There are still 13 active COVID-19 cases in Queensland.