Traveller tests COVID-19 positive in Tasmania, border shut to Victoria

Here is an update on the situation in Tasmania; courtesy of AAP.

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A NSW traveller has tested positive to Covid-19 while quarantining in Tasmania after touching down in the state without an entry pass.

The 31-year-old man; who arrived in Launceston in Tasmania’s north on Monday via Melbourne; has since returned to NSW.

He was tested on Tuesday when in quarantine and returned a positive result on Thursday morning.

The man left hotel quarantine in Launceston on Wednesday to return home to NSW; as is permitted under Tasmania’s emergency act.

“This is not a case of community transmission. This is a case that has been picked up in quarantine;” Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein said.

 

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Gutwein also announced Tasmania would shut to Victoria for at least seven days in response to the mainland state’s lockdown.

The state’s Public Health Director Mark Veitch said the man; who developed symptoms on Thursday; was “probably becoming infectious” when he arrived in Tasmania.

He went straight into hotel quarantine via taxi and there is a minimal risk of exposure to the community as infection control procedures were in place; Dr Veitch said.

The case has forced the state government to cancel Sunday’s sold out AFL fixture between Hawthorn and Collingwood in Launceston.