Queenslander tests positive after returning from Northern Beaches

A Queensland resident has now tested positive to coronavirus, after recently travelling to the Northern Beaches area in Sydney.

He returned to Queensland on December 18, where he went into self-quarantine at his own home in the southeast.

His initial test came back negative, but he continued to isolate before becoming unwell and going for a second test.


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That test came back positive last night.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young is confident that the community hasn’t been exposed.

“He has followed every single requirement to the letter. He became unwell, so he went and got tested again, and came back late last night as a positive case, so he has now been transferred to the
PA Hospital.

“We will manage that, we will talk to him again but we don’t believe he has been in contact with anyone in the community other than close household contacts who are now in quarantine for 14 days.

“He has done everything that was asked of him, we are confirming that now to make sure that there is no one else out there who also needs to go into quarantine,” Doctor Young said.

It’s one of two new cases diagnosed in Queensland overnight, with a woman in her 20s testing positive after arriving on a superyacht in Cairns.

It’s understood she’s a crew member of the vessel, and had been isolating on board.

She’s since been hospitalised, while authorities are keeping a close eye on the rest of the crew.

All of the people who arrived in Cairns on the superyacht went into hotel quarantine except for six crew who remained on the yacht to maintain it and keep it safe,” Doctor Young said.

“We are now testing those six crew and ensuring that none of them have COVID-19.

“The superyacht originated in the Maldives, and then came to Cairns, so we are trying to work through with them how it got onto that yacht,” she said.

Due to both cases coming from outside the state, it means Queensland has now reached the milestone of 100 days without community transmission.

But we’re still be reminded to be on high alert, especially over the Christmas period.

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