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A teenager in northern Tasmania who tested positive to coronavirus left home quarantine, likely while infectious, to go to a supermarket.
The 15-year-old boy flew into Launceston from Melbourne on Friday and quarantined at a family home before returning a positive test on Saturday.
Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff told reporters on Monday the teenager visited an IGA in the Launceston suburb of Newnham with his cousin on Saturday afternoon.
The supermarket has been declared an exposure site and anyone who visited between 2:20pm and 2:45pm has been asked to get tested and isolate.
The teenager, who wasn't wearing a mask, was in the shop for a few minutes.
"This is a very limited exposure time frame. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are declaring the IGA an exposure site," Mr Rockliff said.
State Public Health Director Mark Veitch said it was almost certain the teenager has the more contagious Delta strain of the virus.
"We suspect he was relatively early in his illness and would have been infectious," he said.
Dr Veitch said the risk to the wider community was low, adding he wasn't sure why the supermarket trip, which is "not allowed", wasn't initially disclosed.
"It's not uncommon to get additional information, whether it's deliberately concealed, inadvertently forgotten. I'm not going to speculate," Dr Veitch said.
When asked if the teenager would face any penalties, Mr Rockliff said it was important health authorities worked with him and his family.
The shopkeeper who served the teenager has been listed as a close contact and is quarantining.
Two other people, who on Friday night visited the house where the teen and his family are staying, are also now in quarantine.
It is Tasmania's second case this year, after a NSW traveller tested positive while in hotel quarantine in August.
The boy, who has mild symptoms, is in a Hobart medi-hotel after initially being taken to the Launceston General Hospital for assessment.
His close family contacts have already been placed in quarantine.
Tasmania is closed to Victoria but the boy was allowed home under a returning residents policy. All 10 passengers on his flight are also quarantining.