Woman on Coast tests positive to UK COVID strain

 

A woman on the Sunshine Coast has tested positive to the infectious U.K strain of COVID-19.

The woman flew into Queensland from Melbourne infected with the new strain of the virus.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on Saturday morning the woman flew in on a Jetstar flight on January 5, but released little other details as Queensland Health rushed to gather the flight details.

Follow-up questions have been put into Queensland Health seeking more information.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the woman arrived from the UK to Melbourne on Boxing Day and was placed into hotel quarantine

"She got tested in hotel quarantine there on December 27 and she was found to be positive," she said.

"So she was then isolated and did the 10 days required isolation, cleared all her symptoms, and was allowed to leave Victoria and fly to Queensland on January 5."

She is currently staying with her parents in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Young said the woman and her parents were tested on Friday.

"We got her tested here yesterday and she is still testing positive, so that's why we are now following through with her contacts," Dr Young said.

"The risk is extremely low, very, very, very low because she is right at the end of her potential infectious period.

"Ten days is more than sufficient and she is now up to day 15, so it would not be a concern, but because of this new variant, we are just being ultra-cautious."

Queensland Health will be contact tracing passengers on her Jetstar flight who were sitting near her.



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