Coronavirus: State records first case in 20 days

Yahoo News Staff
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Tasmania has recorded its first case of coronavirus in nearly three weeks.

Premier Peter Gutwein revealed Tuesday afternoon that a man in his 60s who is a patient at North-West Regional Hospital in Burnie tested positive for the virus.

The man had been in Melbourne for medical treatment before being transported back to the island state.

According to the ABC, the man had previously tested negative for COVID-19 before recording a positive test upon returning back to Tasmania.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein revealed the new case Tuesday. Source: AAP
Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein revealed the new case Tuesday. Source: AAP

The man was admitted to the hospital “under appropriate infection control protocols,” Primary Health Tasmania tweeted.

He is the only active coronavirus case in Tasmania and just the second on the island in about three months.

Last month the state recorded its first case after effectively eradicating the virus when a young woman returned from Victoria and tested positive. It was the first case in the state for 60 days.

The hospital in Burnie was the site of a deadly COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year, which forced the facility to close and hundreds of workers and their families into quarantine.

The latest case takes Tasmania’s overall coronavirus tally to 228 since the pandemic began.

with AAP

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