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Coronavirus contact tracing underway after north Queensland woman tests positive

Coronavirus contact tracing underway after north Queensland woman tests positive
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Health authorities will begin tracing the contacts of a Townsville woman who tested positive for coronavirus while visiting Melbourne.

Health Minister Steven Miles said the woman, in her 30s, is from Townsville and had travelled to Cairns and Brisbane before she went to Victoria.  

COVID-19 was detected in Townsville’s wastewater on the weekend.

Mr Miles said it was “most likely” she contracted the virus in Melbourne but he wanted to be “ultra cautious”.

“We are treating this as though she could have been infectious when she was in Townsville, Cairns and in Brisbane,” he said.

Mr Miles said a number of the woman’s known close contacts have been told to isolate and get tested.

“If there are any locations where people may have been in contact with this woman, then we will make public health alerts during the day,” he said.

The positive result has not been included in Queensland’s tally, with the state recording no new cases in the past 24 hours.

Two infections remain active.

“That’s really a very impressive run,” Mr Miles said.

There were 5,628 tests carried out in the past 24 hours including more than 250 in Townsville.

More to come.



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