Desperate search for source of new Qld coronavirus case

Queensland Health authorities are scrambling to try and track down the source of a flight attendant’s COVID-19 infection.

It comes after it was revealed the woman, aged in her 30s, does not have the highly contagious Delta variant as earlier suspected.

The woman, who arrived in Brisbane on an Emirates flight from Dubai earlier this month, tested positive to COVID-19 just hours after finishing up a 14-day stint in hotel quarantine


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It’s understood she had three tests while in quarantine, which all came back negative, before a follow-up test as part of routine aircrew surveillance came back positive the following day.

The woman was earlier believed to have caught the virus off a passenger who had the Delta strain, however, mystery now surrounds where the flight attendant caught it.

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Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said although the Delta variant has been ruled out, it’s still extremely important people who had been at the listed exposure sites still isolate.

“Particularly anyone who was at the Airport DFO between 4pm and 4.30pm on Saturday still needs to isolate at home,” Dr Young said.

“It’s good news the case isn’t the highly transmissible Delta variant, but we do still need to take every precaution.”

Queensland Health will contact individuals with advice about getting tested, however, Dr Young said it is likely now that individuals will not need to quarantine for the full 14 days.

Authorities are continuing investigations into the exact variant, and the source of the case.

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