A new case of Covid confirmed in Tasmania after a man flies out of Brisbane

A new case of Covid has been confirmed in Tasmania, with an infected man currently in a Hobart hotel quarantine. LASTA >>

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A NEW case of Covid has been confirmed in Tasmania, with an infected man arriving via Virgin flight from Brisbane on Sunday.

The Department of Health said a Victorian man intended to cross into Melbourne via Hobart without leaving the airport.

However, he was not allowed to board the flight after Tasmanian authorities were advised that he had given a positive result to a test conducted in Brisbane.

The man was taken directly to the Fountainside quarantine hotel facility.

Passengers on Virgin flight VA702 from Brisbane to Hobart, which arrived around 12:15 on Sunday, were asked to immediately isolate and call the Public Health Airline on 1800 671 738.

Additionally, anyone in the Hobart Airport terminal on Sunday between 12.15 and 14.45 was also asked to isolate and contact the telephone line.

Public Health will also be in contact with passengers on the flight and those who used the check-in app.

All additional discovery websites will be advised as soon as details are confirmed.

Tasmania has not had an active Covid case since the arrival of Tim Gunn, an NSW man who allegedly arrived in Tasmania without approval and later left quarantine at the Travelodge Hotel on October 11th.

Mr Gunn’s alleged actions led to a three-day rapid blockade across the southern part of the state.

Prior to that, a 15-year-old Launceston boy was confirmed to have the virus, sparking outrage as he broke into a home quarantine to visit his local IGA and had visitors at his residence on October 2.

To date, Tasmania has had 237 cases since the start of the pandemic, and 13 deaths.

The state is just one month away from reopening its borders on Dec. 15, after which it will welcome anyone coming from interstate who is fully vaccinated and returns a negative test within 72 hours after traveling.


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