COVID case detected in Tasmania

A case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Tasmania yesterday

A male teenager who travelled on VA 1364 from Melbourne to Launceston on Friday, 1 October, has tested positive.

The person travelled from Launceston Airport into quarantine at a family home, and underwent a routine COVID-19 test the same day.

The person reported complying with all requirements, including wearing a mask, from arriving at Melbourne Airport until leaving Launceston Airport.

He is currently isolated, and his family close contacts are in quarantine.

Virgin Australia flight VA 1364, which arrived at Launceston Airport at around 11.30am on Friday, 1 October has been declared an exposure site, with passengers regarded as close contacts.

The 10 passengers on this flight have been contacted. Most were already in quarantine because of existing requirements. The remainder are also now in quarantine.

A small number of biosecurity and security staff at Launceston Airport have also been identified as casual contacts and have been required to quarantine until undertaking a test in the coming days.

The risk to other persons at Launceston Airport at the same time as the case is low. However, in keeping with the cautious approach being taken, the airport arrival hall including baggage pickup, has been declared an exposure site between 11.30am and 12.30pm on Friday, 1 October.

People in the arrival hall between 11.30am and 12.30pm on Friday, 1 October, are casual contacts and should immediately isolate where they are and contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 after 8am on Sunday 3 October.

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