ADF officer in PNG tests positive to virus

An Australian defence force officer has tested positive to coronavirus while posted in Papua New Guinea.

The officer, who has been in PNG since January, self-isolated on June 5 after reporting cold and flu-like symptoms.

They will stay in isolation until cleared by doctors, the Department of Defence says.

"The High Commission has conducted contact tracing and provided this information to the PNG Government," Defence said in a statement on Saturday night.

Another five defence force officers were last month flown home after contracting coronavirus in the Middle East.

Personnel serving in the region were tested after a number of local contractors became infected with the virus.