No new cases in Qld as contact tracing continues for farm worker

More than 250 people have been tested for coronavirus after coming into contact with an infected farm worker who travelled to Bundaberg from Melbourne, via Brisbane.

The 24-year-old man remains in isolation “under clinical supervision” in Bundaberg after being diagnosed with the disease on Friday.

He flew from Melbourne to Brisbane on Virgin flight VA313 on Monday, before flying to Bundaberg on Virgin flight VA2905 on Tuesday to start work as a picker on a strawberry farm.


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According to Qld Health, the man entered Queensland as an exempt seasonal worker under the Border Direction.

More than 250 people believed to have come into contact with the man have now been tested, including 147 at a pop-up clinic set up at the farm-worker’s accommodation.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said 57 people had tested negative, including 15 close contacts in Brisbane and 42 co-workers in Bundaberg.

She says the remaining results are due over the next 24 hours.

“The results so far are promising and the response from the farming business, the patient’s contacts and the Wide Bay community has been excellent,” Dr Young said.

“We are continuing our rapid response to this case, including contact tracing in an effort to find every person the patient had potential contact with since arriving in Queensland almost a week ago.

Dr Young said health officials plan to do a round of follow-up testing later this week as a precaution.

“These are early days and we have much more work to do before we can be confident there has been no further transmission,” she said.

Queensland Health is also continuing to contact people on board the flights the man travelled on, with passengers who have not already been contacted urged to call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

Dr Young said it was likely the man was infected by a flatmate in Melbourne where there is “ongoing community transmission”.

It comes as Queensland recorded no new cases over the past 24 hours, with the state total remaining at 1061.

Just three cases remain active and two people are being treated for the disease in hospital.

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