Two Australian states on alert over an infected woman’s interstate travel

Two Australian states on alert over an infected woman’s interstate travel


Two Australian states are on high alert after an infected woman and her husband traveled through the states of New South Wales and Queensland from Victoria, the epicenter of the country’s most recent outbreak, visiting dozen of locations along the way.

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Two Australian states are on high alert after an infected woman and her husband traveled through the states of New South Wales and Queensland from Victoria, the epicenter of the country’s most recent outbreak, visiting dozen of locations along the way.

Authorities in New South Wales and Queensland are rushing to trace close contacts and locate virus hotspots, officials said Thursday. The couple may be prosecuted for violating COVID-19 border restrictions.

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The 44-year-old woman tested positive for COVID-19 once in Queensland, authorities said late Wednesday, and her husband has since tested positive.

Queensland State Health Secretary Yvette D’Ath told reporters in Brisbane Thursday that the couple’s tests indicated they were likely at the end of their infection phase. Queensland has issued warnings for parts of the Sunshine Coast, a popular tourist destination, and two regional areas.

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On Thursday, Victoria reported four new locally acquired cases versus a case the day before, bringing the total number of infections in the last outbreak to 90. The new cases, all from the same household, come as Melbourne prepares to exit a two-week lockdown on Thursday evening, though some travel and gathering restrictions remain.

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