Sumary of Two Australian states on COVID-19 alert after infected woman’s interstate travel:
- Two Australian states are on COVID-19 alert after an infected woman and her husband traveled from Victoria, the epicenter of country latest outbreak, through the states of New South Wales and into Queensland, visiting dozens of sites enroute..
- The 44-year-old woman tested positive for COVID-19 once in Queensland, authorities said late on Wednesday, and her husband has since tested positive..
- Queensland state Health Minister Yvette D’Ath told reporters in Brisbane on Thursday that the couple tests suggested they were likely at the end of their infectious period..
- Queensland authorities said they were investigating if the couple, who drove from Melbourne, had a travel exemption to enter the state, despite their home state of Victoria being under a hard lockdown..
- “The message broadly to our regional communities is be on high alert, this is a real and present danger to us, having people who are positive, traveling through our state stopping at multiple venues puts our state at risk,”.
- NSW, the country most populous state, has not reported any locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in more than a month, while Queensland last reported cases in late March..
- On Thursday, Victoria reported four new locally acquired cases, versus one case a day earlier, taking the total infections in the latest outbreak to 90..
- Though Thursday cases are not linked to any other clusters in the latest outbreak, the lifting of lockdown in Melbourne will proceed due to low-risk levels, Victoria state Acting Premier James Merlino said during a televised media conference…