A young consular staff member who tested positive to COVID-19 in Queensland was infectious on a domestic flight after returning from overseas.
The man, who is in quarantine, was the states only confirmed case on Aug. 2 from more than 13,700 tests over 24 hours.
He flew into Maroochydore from Sydney on July 31 on Jetstar flight JQ790.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the man, in his 20s, was infectious on the flight and health authorities are tracing people who sat near him.
The man was allowed to take the domestic flight and quarantine at home as part of a select group of exemptions, Young said.
“He did everything that he should have done … but it does mean that this is a risk,” she added.
There are 13 active COVID-19 cases in Queensland and people are being warned to remain cautious.
“We are very comfortable with the figures overnight, but that next week is very crucial,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“We are in a little bit of uncharted waters at the moment.”
The state government has tightened restrictions on aged care homes in southeast Queensland as a precaution.
Visitors will no longer be allowed at facilities in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Redland, the Gold Coast and the Scenic Rim, with exemptions for end-of-life.
Meanwhile, 104 residents at a Brisbane nursing home have returned negative test results.
It was confirmed on Aug. 1 a woman who works at the Bolton Clarke aged care facility at suburban Pinjarra Hills had tested positive.
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