COVID infections in international travellers continue to rise – as another case of traveller skipping mandatory quarantine emerges

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Australia has carried on its record of no community transmission, but Tasmania has broken its 120-day COVID-free streak after a woman and two children tested positive in hotel quarantine.

NSW also reported two cases in returned international travellers, with NSW Health urging residents in Sydney’s south west to get tested for COVID-19 if they have any symptom after sewage tests revealed fragments of the virus at the Liverpool sewage treatment plant.

WA also recorded one case in hotel quarantine.

South Australia and Victoria both kept up their clear run, with SA notching up 11 days with no new cases while Victoria recorded its 40th day of zero COVID cases.

The cases come as news emerged that another international traveller skipped mandatory quarantine when arriving from the US.

Vic Govt didn’t disclose quarantine breach to public

It’s been revealed the Victorian Government didn’t inform passengers that an American on their July flight from Sydney to Melbourne was able to skip mandatory hotel quarantine.

The incident happened as Victoria faced its second wave of COVID-19 and the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed passengers weren’t alerted because it wasn’t policy at the time.

The alarm wasn’t raised until airline staff expressed concern upon landing in Melbourne, at which point the man was taken into quarantine.

Up until October, the isolation of potential secondary contacts was not a policy of the Victorian Government.

The revelation came just days after two German travellers were able to bypass quarantine in Sydney before flying to Melbourne, after arriving on an international flight.

Health officials are still contacting 168 passengers and six airline crew who were on the plane, meanwhile the German travellers have returned two negative COVID-19 test results.


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