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