Health alert after woman contracts COVID following QLD visit

An urgent public health alert has been issued after a woman was diagnosed with COVID-19 following a visit to Queensland.

The woman tested positive in Japan after returning there from Brisbane, via Sydney.

She arrived in Australia in mid-July and had been in hotel quarantine in Sydney for two weeks where she tested negative.


The woman was able to travel freely to Brisbane after completing quarantine before returning to Japan this week.

She tested positive on Tuesday despite having no symptoms.

“While we are still determining where the virus may have been acquired, we are working with Japanese authorities to gather necessary information,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.

“We have been in touch with six close contacts in Brisbane identified by the woman. These people have been tested and are now in quarantine.”

A public health alert has been issued for The Jam Pantry cafe in Greenslopes which the woman attended on Sunday.

Queensland Health is contacting patrons who dined at the cafe between 9.45am and 11am.

Anyone else who dined at the cafe on that day is urged to keep an eye out for symptoms and immediately get tested if any develop.

The woman also travelled on Virgin flight VA962 from Brisbane to Sydney on Monday.

Officials are now attempting to contact passengers who were in close contact with the woman on the flight.

Anyone on that flight is urged to monitor their health.