Australia coronavirus live update: Melbourne couple’s road trip sparks Covid fears in NSW and Queensland | Australia news
Hello my lovely people,
It’s Matilda Boseley here, in a particularly good mood because I’m now less than 24 hours away from being out of lockdown.
Although, as a Melburnian, it’s hard to celebrate too much this morning, as it seems our Covid-19 problems may have just moved up north.
Yep, Queensland has recorded a local Covid-19 case, believed to be from a Victorian woman who visited the Sunshine Coast despite her home state being in hard lockdown.
Here is a breakdown of what we know so far:
A woman and her husband left locked-down Melbourne to go on a road trip across NSW and Queensland before testing positive to Covid-19 while in the Sunshine Coast.
The pair live in a – currently unidentified – suburb on the outskirts of greater Melbourne. They left to start their road trip on Tuesday 1 June, several days into Victoria’s first week of hard lockdown.
They then travelled north, visited several regional towns across NSW, and then entered Queensland on June 5.
This was allegedly two days after the woman started showing symptoms, but Queensland’s chief health officer says the woman may have been infectious since the day she began her trip.
Queensland’s health authorities have published a list of exposure sites include a McDonalds restaurant in Goondiwindi, where they crossed the border from NSW, and sites on the Sunshine Coast, including at Moffat Beach, Kings Beach, Buddina, Baringa and Caloundra.
The couple also travelled through the town of Toowoomba.
In NSW, alerts have been issued for the towns of Forbes, Dubbo, Moree and Gillenbah, where the couple visited.
So we will be keeping a close eye on Queensland’s daily numbers, which are usually published around 9am, and I’ll bring you all the updates when the state’s leaders step up for a press conference.
With that, why don’t we jump into the day.