A woman, who stayed in Brisbane, has tested positive for coronavirus in Japan after twice returning a negative result while in hotel quarantine, sparking a health alert from Queensland authorities.
The state’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the woman arrived in Australia in mid-July and quarantined in Sydney before coming to Brisbane.
The notification is for Virgin flight VA962 from Brisbane to Sydney on August 17 and for anyone at The Jam Pantry cafe at Greenslopes, in Brisbane’s south, on August 16.
"While in quarantine, she returned two negative test results," Dr Young said on Wednesday night.
"Because she quarantined in Sydney and travelled straight to Brisbane from hotel quarantine, she could go about her normal life in Brisbane.
"However on her arrival to Japan on 18 August, she was asymptomatic but returned a positive COVID-19 result.”
Six close contacts of the woman in Brisbane have been tested and are now in quarantine, while tracing continues.
Those on the flight or who dined at the cafe have been told to monitor for symptoms and get tested if any develop.
The alert comes after a man who recently returned from Papua New Guinea became Queensland's latest case of coronavirus, prompting the state to beef up monitoring of its porous northern border.
The man in his 40s had been in hotel quarantine and tested positive on the seventh day of his 14-day isolation period.
Meanwhile, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk again warned Queensland's border restrictions will continue for now, given the outbreaks in Victoria, NSW and New Zealand, despite federal government pressure.
The issue will be discussed further when the national cabinet of federal, state and territory leaders meets on Friday.
"We need to keep our measures in place," Ms Palaszczuk said.
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