Husband of infectious Melbourne escapee also tests positive in Queensland

Queensland Health officials have confirmed that the husband of a Melbourne woman who tested positive on the Sunshine Coast yesterday has also tested positive.

The couple makes up the two new local infections diagnosed in Queensland over the last 24 hours.

There were also another six coronavirus cases diagnosed in hotel quarantine, meaning there are now 18 active infections around the state.


Queensland Health is still working to track down close contacts of the infected pair, who escaped the Melbourne lockdown in a car last week.

17 people identified in Queensland so far, and have been put into quarantine. Testing is now underway, with three already returning negative results.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says that further testing has deemed the risk of the two infections is quite low as well.

‘I’ve now had confirmation from serology testing results that both of these individuals are towards the end of their illness, which is very good news for Queensland, in that means the risk of transmission to anyone else is less.

“It’s still there, and I still need everyone to come forward who develops any symptoms at all who lives in the Sunshine Coast, or Goondiwindi or Toowoomba – it’s very, very important.

“And anyone who’s been to any of those many venue sites, it’s vital that they come forward,” Doctor Young said this morning. 

It means that vulnerable Queensland locations such as hospitals and aged care facilities won’t be locked down for now, because the risk is so low.

While the Chief Health Officer has also confirmed that the couple did not apply to enter the state through the exemption process.

The Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath wouldn’t be drawn on the ongoing police investigation.

“I don’t want to jump to conclusions until I know all of the facts,” Minister D’Ath said.

Earlier article: Confirmed COVID-19 case in Qld after couple escape Melbourne’s lockdown