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Fruit picker tests positive for COVID-19 in Bundaberg, Queensland after hanging out with 15 friends

Fear of another COVID-19 outbreak in Queensland after a farm worker takes two flights from Victoria and hangs out with 15 friends before testing positive

  • The 24-year-old man tested positive for the coronavirus after flying to Melbourne from Melbourne
  • He had chatted with 15 friends and relatives the night he arrived
  • The man also shared accommodation and on a farm in Bundaberg
  • Contact tracking has been performed for everyone on the same two flights
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

A coronavirus-infected fruit picker who took two flights and hung out with a group of 15 friends has raised fears of a new outbreak in Queensland.

The 24-year-old is said to have been contagious with the virus when he flew from Melbourne to Brisbane on Monday before testing positive on Saturday.

On the night he arrived, he socialized with about 15 friends and family members.

The next day he flew to Bundaberg, about 385 km north of Brisbane, where he picked strawberries on a farm.

A 24-year-old man tested positive for the coronavirus in Queensland after catching two flights and chatting with fifteen friends (photo, another passenger arrives in Brisbane in March)

A 24-year-old man tested positive for the coronavirus in Queensland after catching two flights and chatting with fifteen friends (photo, another passenger arrives in Brisbane in March)

The man was able to enter the state through a seasonal worker exemption and has since shared accommodation as well as collaborating with others.

Dr Jeannette Young, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, said he may have been in contact with up to 50 others in the state since his arrival.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 7,241

New South Wales: 3,106

Victoria: 1678

Queensland: 1,061

Western Australia: 592

South Australia: 440

Tasmania: 228

Australian Capital Territory: 107

Northern Territory: 29

TOTAL CASES: 7,241

RESTORED: 6,649

KILL: 102

“This is a time for heightened alertness for all our people in Brisbane and Bundaberg,” she said Saturday.

“But it’s really important that people who live in Brisbane or Bundaberg don’t wait for a call from a contact tracer.

“If you have symptoms now, it’s time to start testing right away.

“There will be people in our communities in Bundaberg and Brisbane today who don’t know they have it who could potentially spread the infection.”

Contact tracking was performed for everyone on Virgin VA313 flight from Melbourne to Brisbane and VA2905 to Bundaberg flight.

Four people who share accommodation with him have tested negative and a test facility has been set up on the farm.

Dr. Young said the man had been in contact with a confirmed case in Victoria.

She also said there is “no danger” to those who eat the strawberries picked from the farm.

It comes when Queensland continues to controversially keep its borders with the rest of Australia.

This is despite pleas from Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian of New South Wales to travel between the two states across the state.

Dr Jeannette Young (photo), Queensland's Chief Health Officer, said he may have been in contact with up to 50 others in the state since his arrival

Dr Jeannette Young (photo), Queensland's Chief Health Officer, said he may have been in contact with up to 50 others in the state since his arrival

Dr Jeannette Young (photo), Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, said he may have been in contact with up to 50 others in the state since his arrival

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