Outrage as a Covid-infected diplomat was allowed to SKIP resort quarantine and drive 300km throughout Australia – as questions are raised about ‘ridiculous’ exemptions
- The diplomat, in his 50s, examined optimistic after he arrived in Canberra on Sunday
- He flew into Sydney airport from abroad then drove to the ACT the identical day
- ACT Well being officers mentioned the person didn’t cease on route and their is not any public threat
A Covid-infected diplomat was allowed to skip resort quarantine after touchdown in Australia from abroad earlier than driving 300km throughout the nation.
The person, aged in his 50s, flew into Sydney Worldwide Airport on Sunday earlier than travelling to Canberra by non-public automobile on the identical day, Australian Capital Territory well being authorities mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.
‘Whereas in quarantine, the diplomat skilled gentle Covid-19 signs and was examined for Covid-19, returning a optimistic end result,’ the assertion learn.
It mentioned the person didn’t cease on his solution to the ACT and has been in house quarantine since his return.
A diplomat, in his 50s, has examined optimistic to Covid-19 after flying into Sydney Worldwide Airport on Sunday
‘The person has adopted all quarantine measures for returning abroad travellers and is being supported by ACT Well being,’ the assertion continued.
‘ACT Well being is in communication with NSW concerning this optimistic case to help them for contact tracing functions.’
Well being officers will carry out genome sequencing to decided which pressure the person was contaminated with.
Three shut contacts have been recognized by means of contact tracing and have additionally been put in quarantine.
The division mentioned there isn’t any threat to the general public.
The person then travelled by non-public automobile to Canberra on the identical day the place he examined optimistic to Covid-19 (inventory)
ACT Well being mentioned returning diplomats and authorities officers enter Canberra ‘frequently’ and ‘it’s not unusual’ for there to be reviews of optimistic circumstances given the Covid-19 scenario internationally.
‘That is precisely why the ACT has a quarantine system,’ the assertion mentioned.
‘The circumstances of this new case demonstrates that our quarantine system right here within the ACT is working effectively to guard the Canberra group from COVID-19.’
The ACT has recorded the bottom depend of coronavirus circumstances because the pandemic started, with a complete of 123.
The most recent case might be recorded in tomorrow’s statistics.