15 October 2020

Close contacts of Canberra Airport COVID-19 case identified

| Dominic Giannini
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A woman who travelled through Canberra Airport last week has tested positive for COVID-19. Photo: Region Media.

Six people have been forced to quarantine until 21 October after being identified as a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case who travelled through Canberra Airport.

The “vast majority” of close contacts are quarantining in Canberra, ACT Health said.

A woman in her 30s tested positive for the virus after travelling through the airport between 8:30 am and 10:00 am on 7 October when travelling from Townsville to Melbourne.

The other 91 passengers on the flight, and anyone at Gate 13 or 14 at the Airport during the specified time period, have been told by ACT Health to watch for symptoms and, if any develop, isolate and get tested for COVID-19.

ACT Health has also told Canberrans who have recently travelled to Sydney – such as for last week’s Raiders game against the Roosters – to remain vigilant and immediately get tested and isolate if any COVID-19 symptoms develop.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath.

Less common symptoms are loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.

Symptoms can develop between two to 14 days after you are exposed to the virus. Most commonly, symptoms develop five or six days after exposure.

The warning comes in light of growing case numbers in the Greater Sydney Region, especially Sydney’s west.

For more information, visit www.covid19.act.gov.au.

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