Qantas flight attendant who worked on a packed flight tests positive to coronavirus
A Qantas flight attendant who worked on a packed flight between Brisbane and regional Queensland has tested positive for coronavirus.
The flight staff member was aboard Qantas flight QF2534 and QF2535 on Sunday July 11 between the Queensland capital and Longreach in the state’s central-west.
The woman reportedly didn’t leave the plan and tested positive on Thursday, but Queensland Health hasn’t reported the case.
A spokesman told AAP that Queensland Health is not the source of the media reports and could not confirm any new cases outside of the daily update.
Longreach already has a testing clinic but a new one is being set up at the Longreach Showgrounds on Friday morning, the ABC reported.
Meanwhile, long queues of traffic have formed at Queensland’s border with NSW after it was shut at 1am on Friday.
Queensland has declared bubble for NSW communities as far south as Grafton and as far west as the SA border to allow residents to cross for essential purposes with quarantining.
Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman said people should expect at least a one-hour delay on Friday morning.
‘The first two or three days is a challenge, it should ease up after that,’ he said.
‘Peak times are also a bit challenging on the roads as well. If you have to travel during those times add a little bit of extra time.’
The state government had been warning Queensland residents for weeks against all travel to NSW.
While no one has tested positive in NSW in areas close to Queensland border, a service station at Chinderah, about 15km from the frontier, was declared as an exposure site earlier this week.
NSW Health also reported concerns on Thursday night about positive COVID-19 results in sewage testing in Byron Bay, about an hour from the Queensland border.
Queensland’s borders are closed to NSW, Victoria and South Australia.