Police waiting for passengers to arrive after a Jetstar flight JQ794 touched down at Sunshine Coast Airport last month. Photo: Lachie Millard
Police waiting for passengers to arrive after a Jetstar flight JQ794 touched down at Sunshine Coast Airport last month. Photo: Lachie Millard

Coast’s new coronavirus case had quarantine exemption

A man who tested positive to coronavirus after flying into Maroochydore was exempt from a 14-day quarantine in Sydney.

It is understood the man in his 20s was a consulate worker who Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said had an exemption from the mandatory 14-day quarantine after he arrived in Sydney on an international flight.

The man then flew on Jetstar flight JQ790 from Sydney to Maroochydore on Friday.

Darling Downs Health confirmed the man is now isolating in Toowoomba. 

"There is a very, very small number of exemptions that have been agreed nationally and one of those exemptions is consulate staff so they are able to on travel to their home and to quarantine in their home," Dr Young said.

"It is a very select group of exemptions.

"So he did everything that he should have done and that he was allowed to do."

Dr Young said the man tested positive after arriving in Maroochydore and was infectious on the flight.

"So at the moment we are contact tracing people who were close to him on that flight and they should expect to receive calls today but if any of them hear this message then if they could please ring 13 HEALTH," she said.

The man is Queensland's only new coronavirus case today with the state's total active cases at 13.

More than 13,700 people were tested for coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Dr Young reminded Queenslanders to keep their distance, wash their hands and minimise travel to hot spots.



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