27 November 2020

Diplomat tests positive one day after ACT declared COVID-19 free

| Dominic Giannini
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Processing repatriated arrivals at Canberra Airport

All three travellers presenting symptoms at the airport have returned negative tests. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

A returned diplomat has tested positive for COVID-19 and two close contacts have been identified one day after the ACT was declared COVID-free.

The woman in her 50s flew into Sydney Airport on 23 November before travelling to Canberra by private vehicle. She has been quarantining since her return to the ACT.

She was not on yesterday’s repatriation flight from Singapore.

“The circumstances of this new case demonstrates that our quarantine system here in the ACT is working well to protect the Canberra community from COVID-19,” an ACT Health spokesperson said.

Three travellers on the repatriation flight were tested at the airport after presenting with symptoms and all three have come back negative. They will remain in quarantine for 14-days.

All 120 arrivals from the repatriated flight will be tested on day 1 and between day 10 to 12 of hotel quarantine before being released.

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The position of diplomats, and this is also applicable for other professions in which there are diplomatic duties would require extra caution due to requirements or eventuation to meet or interact with people from many communities and places.

Our 4th returning diplomat found to have the bug.
Risky people.

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