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A teenage boy has tested positive for COVID-19 in Tasmania, becoming the state’s first case in 58 days.
the main points:
- A teenage boy tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling to Launceston from Melbourne
- He was quarantined at home and his close contacts are in isolation
- Flight VA1364 has been announced and parts of Launceston Airport show locations
The teen traveled to Launceston, in the state’s north, from Melbourne on Friday, October 1, when he traveled to quarantine at a family home, prior to a routine COVID-19 test.
Director of Public Health Mark Fitch said the teenager had been wearing a mask from arriving at Melbourne airport until leaving Launceston.
He is currently in isolation and in close contact with his family has been placed in quarantine.
Virgin Australia flight VA1364, which arrived at Launceston Airport around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, was announced as the site of an exposure.
All 10 passengers on board the flight have been declared in close contact and directed to quarantine.
A small number of biosecurity and security personnel have also been identified as accidental contacts and placed in quarantine until they can be tested.
Public health authorities say the risk to others at Launceston Airport is low, but announced that the airport’s arrival hall and baggage claim as a location were exposed on Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Public Health says anyone who has been in these areas of the airport during that time is considered an accidental contact and should be immediately isolated and call the Public Health Hotline after 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 3.
More updates on the case are expected on Sunday.
The state’s latest case was on August 2, when a traveler traveled to Launceston from Sydney via Melbourne without the required border clearance.
The 31-year-old was taken straight to hotel quarantine and underwent a COVID test the next day.
He then returned to Sydney on 4 August before obtaining his positive result.
Tasmania has recorded 234 cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths since the pandemic began.
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