Infected woman who violated lockdown triggers alert in two Australian states

World | 10 Jun 2021 10:06 am

Two Australian states are on coronavirus disease alert after an infected woman and her husband traveled from Victoria, a state in lockdown, through the states of New South Wales and into Queensland, visiting dozens of sites enroute, Reuters reports.

Authorities in New South Wales and Queensland are rushing to trace close contacts and locate virus hotspots.

The couple may face criminal charges for breaching  border restrictions.

The 44-year-old woman tested positive  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's tests suggested they were likely at the end of their infectious period.

"This means the risk is lower than we were expecting yesterday, which is really positive news," D'Ath said. No other cases were reported from the state.

Australia has largely contained all previous outbreaks through snap lockdowns, regional border controls and swift contact tracing, with just over 30,200 patients and 910 deaths since the pandemic began. It has reported zero cases most days this year.


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