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Qantas flight attendant working on a packed flight tests positive for coronavirus

Qantas flight attendant working on a packed flight tests positive for coronavirus

  • Qantas flight attendant who worked on packed flights tests positive for Covid
  • Woman was on board two flights between Brisbane and Longreach on 11 July
  • She tested positive on Thursday, but QLD Health had not reported the case
  • Test clinics set up in Longreach Hospital with urgent surgery underway

A Qantas flight attendant working on a packed flight between Brisbane and regional Queensland has tested positive for coronavirus.

Flight crews boarded Qantas flights QF2534 and QF2535 on Sunday, July 11, between the capital of Queensland and Longreach in the central west of the state.

The woman reportedly did not leave the plane and tested positive on Thursday, but Queensland Health has not reported the matter.

A spokesperson told AAP that Queensland Health is not the source of the media reports and could not confirm any new cases beyond the daily update.

A Qantas flight attendant working on a packed flight between Brisbane and regional Queensland has tested positive for coronavirus

A Qantas flight attendant working on a packed flight between Brisbane and regional Queensland has tested positive for coronavirus

The flight attendant was on board Qantas flights QF2534 and QF2535 on Sunday, July 11, between the capital of Queensland and Longreach in the central west of the state.

The flight attendant was on board Qantas flights QF2534 and QF2535 on Sunday, July 11, between the capital of Queensland and Longreach in the central west of the state.

Longreach already has a testing clinic, but a new one will be set up Friday morning at the Longreach Showgrounds, the ABC reported.

Meanwhile, long traffic jams have formed on Queensland’s border with NSW after it closed at 1am on Friday.

Queensland has declared a bubble for NSW communities as far south as Grafton and as far west as the SA border, allowing residents to cross quarantine for essential purposes.

Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman said people should expect at least an hour of delay Friday morning.

“The first two or three days are challenging, after that it should calm down a bit,” he said.

“The peak times are also a bit challenging on the road. If you have to travel during that time, add some extra time.’

Longreach already has a test clinic, but a new one will be set up on Friday morning at the Longreach Showgrounds

Longreach already has a test clinic, but a new one will be set up on Friday morning at the Longreach Showgrounds

The state government had been warning residents of Queensland against all travel to NSW for weeks.

While no one has tested positive in NSW in areas close to the Queensland border, a gas station in Chinderah, about 9 miles from the border, was declared an exposure site earlier this week.

NSW Health also reported concerns on Thursday evening about positive COVID-19 results in sewer tests in Byron Bay, about an hour from the Queensland border.

The Queensland borders are closed to NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

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