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Queensland records new local COVID-19 case linked to infected flight attendant

Queensland has recorded one new case of community transmission of COVID-19 linked to an infected flight attendant.

A man aged in his 60s returned a positive result after visiting the Portuguese Family Centre at Ellen Grove in Brisbane on Saturday.

He was there at the same time as a flight attendant who authorities believe contracted coronavirus while in hotel quarantine and tested positive after she was released.

But Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young believes the risk stemming from this case is low.

There were 36 people at the centre at the time the flight attendant was there, and that cohort is being closely monitored.

Dr Young said the man who was at the Ellen Grove site on Saturday night was contacted on Sunday morning and has been in isolation since then.

Authorities are trying to work out if he was out and about in the community after he was exposed, but the risk is believed to be low.

Dr Young has also revealed preliminary information about how the flight attendant was infected.

A staff member at the quarantine hotel escorted an infected man, who’d arrived from Mongolia, to an ambulance and then went to a higher floor of the hotel and swabbed the flight attendant.

Meanwhile, Queensland’s travel restrictions on Victorians have been lifted, but Queenslanders have been told to reconsider their need to travel to Sydney where there is a cluster of more than 10 cases.

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