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By Renju Jose
SYDNEY (Reuters) -Two Australian states are on COVID-19 alert after an contaminated lady and her husband traveled from Victoria, a state in lockdown, via the states of New South Wales and into Queensland, visiting dozens of web sites enroute.
Authorities in New South Wales and Queensland are speeding to hint shut contacts and find virus hotspots. The couple might face legal expenses for breaching COVID-19 border restrictions.
The 44-year-old lady examined constructive for COVID-19 as soon as in Queensland, authorities stated late on Wednesday, and her husband has since examined constructive.
Queensland state Well being Minister Yvette D’Ath instructed reporters in Brisbane on Thursday that the couple’s assessments steered they had been seemingly on the finish of their infectious interval.
“This implies the danger is decrease than we had been anticipating yesterday, which is actually constructive information,” D’Ath stated. No different circumstances had been reported from the state.
Australia has largely contained all prior outbreaks via snap lockdowns, regional border controls and swift contact tracing, with simply over 30,200 circumstances and 910 deaths because the pandemic started. It has reported zero circumstances most days this 12 months.
Queensland authorities stated they had been investigating if the couple, who drove from Melbourne, had a journey exemption to enter the state, regardless of their house state of Victoria being below a tough lockdown.
Queensland has issued alerts for components of Sunshine Coast, a well-liked vacationer spot, and two regional areas.
NSW authorities stated the pair traveled principally via regional cities over 5 days final week.
“The message broadly to our regional communities is be on excessive alert, it is a actual and current hazard to us, having people who find themselves constructive, travelling via our state stopping at a number of venues places our state in danger,” NSW state Well being Minister Brad Hazzard stated.
NSW, the nation’s most populous state, has not reported any regionally acquired circumstances of COVID-19 in additional than a month, whereas Queensland final reported circumstances in late March.
On Thursday, Victoria reported 4 new regionally acquired circumstances, versus one case a day earlier, taking the full infections within the newest outbreak to 90.
The brand new circumstances come as Melbourne prepares to return out of a two-week lockdown on Thursday night time, though some curbs on journey and gatherings stay.
Thursday’s circumstances are from the identical family and investigations into the supply are underway, Victorian authorities stated.
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