Queensland has been caught up in Sydney’s COVID-19 scare, with a woman linked to the Northern Beaches cluster travelling to the Sunshine State.
The NSW outbreak has now grown to 28 cases, with another 10 infections linked to the cluster diagnosed in the past 24 hours.
In some concerning news for Queensland residents, it’s also been revealed one of the cases travelled from Sydney to Queensland while unknowingly infectious.
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Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said the woman, aged in her 50s, flew into Brisbane Airport on Wednesday.
“The third case is a lady in her 50s who travelled up from the Northern Beaches on the 16 December, she flew up on Virgin flight VA925, arriving into Brisbane airport at 9:30am,” Dr Young said.
“She then got a hire car and travelled to Eight Mile Plains and went to lunch at the Glen Hotel on the 16 December.”
Dr Young said Queensland contact tracers are urgently working to get in touch with everyone who attended the hotel after 11.30am.
“We are contact tracing people who did attend lunch, who we are most concerned about, but anyone who went to the Glen Hotel restaurant after 11:30am should monitor themselves and immediately come forward and get tested if they have any symptoms,” she said.
The woman then travelled to a hotel on the Sunshine Coast, however Dr Young said she only had contact with the receptionist there.
“So we are working with that receptionist… Otherwise, she did not have any broad contact there,” Ms Young said.
The woman then travelled and stayed overnight at the Sunshine Coast and travelled through Brisbane to return home to the Northern Beaches.
Queensland Health is now in the process of contacting everyone who was on board the woman’s flight.
“Passengers on flight VA925 on 16 December seated in rows 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 are required to get tested and quarantine for 14 days from Wednesday 16 December,” Dr Young said.
“If you were in one of those rows, you should be contacted directly by our contact tracers. Alternatively, these passengers can contact 13HEALTH.
“While the risk is low, I’m also asking all other passengers on the flight to remain vigilant and if you develop any symptoms to get tested.”
Dr Young said the woman is no longer in Queensland, as she returned home to the Northern Beaches after being advised that she was a close contact associated with a positive case in NSW.
“She immediately arranged testing and subsequently tested positive,” Dr Young said.
Queenslanders are now being urged to remain extremely vigilant and get tested if any virus symptoms appear.
“This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we will continue to keep the public updated as quickly as possible,” Dr Young said.
As a result of the outbreak, Queensland has declared Sydney’s Northern Beaches a COVID-19 hotspot, meaning anyone who arrives in the sunshine state today will need to get tested and self-quarantine for two weeks.
However, travellers from the Northern Beaches touching down in Queensland from 1.00AM Saturday will be ordered into 14-days mandatory hotel quarantine at their own expense.