Fears as flight attendant tests positive for Covid in Queensland

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Queensland has reported one new case of Covid-19 on Sunday after a flight attendant tested positive. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new case is a close contact of a previously confirmed case and had tested positive after leaving hotel quarantine. 

The new case is a flight attendant, aged in her 30s, who arrived in Brisbane on an Emirates flight on June 5.

Queensland has reported one new coronavirus case on Sunday.  Source: Getty Images
Queensland has reported one new coronavirus case on Sunday. Source: Getty Images

The state's Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young said the positive case had been in the community for a "short period".

Dr Young was "very concerned" because a passenger on that flight tested positive for the highly infectious Delta variant, however it was later revealed the flight attendant was not infected with that particular variant. 

The premier does not want the community to be alarmed at this stage, as the case was only out in the community for a short period of time.

"We do need everyone who has been to these sites to immediately isolate themselves," Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

Queensland health authorities have asked anyone who was at the Brisbane Airport DFO on Saturday between 4pm and 4.30pm to isolate immediately and notify Queensland Health.

The flight attendant was also out in the Brisbane CBD between 5pm and 6pm, and anyone in the city between that time is being asked to monitor for symptoms. 

She then visited a Portuguese centre at Ellen Grove between 7pm and 7.50pm, anyone at the centre at those times needs to isolate immediately.

The new case comes as Queensland prepares to ease its virus restrictions on Friday, allowing more people to visit restaurants, cafes and bars, and more people allowed on reef charter boats.

Queensland will be monitoring the situation over the coming days, though Ms Palaszczuk said restrictions will likely be eased at 1am on Friday.

With AAP

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