A magnified 3d rendering of the coronavirus.
A magnified 3d rendering of the coronavirus.

Two new positive COVID-19 cases in Mackay

THERE are two new positive cases of coronavirus confirmed in Mackay.

They are believed to be locals who had been travelling internationally.

Contact tracing is believed to be under way for the new cases.

The latest Queensland Health alert details 78 new cases in Queensland today, bringing the total number of Queenslanders who have tested positive to COVID-19 to 397.

The Mackay diagnoses doubles the number of cases in Mackay after a British backpacker and her travelling companion flew to Hamilton Island despite testing positive in NSW.

Those women are counted under an 'overseas' data on the latest alert.  

The 36-year-old woman defied a quarantine order and was found on a beach after reportedly not understanding the directive to self-isolate after testing positive to the virus in Sydney.

Her companion later tested positive.

They are both in isolation at Mackay Base Hospital.

Contact tracing is underway for the 78 new cases.

Queensland Health says it will notify the community if any public health alerts are required.

"The majority of cases are from patients who have travelled overseas, or have had direct contact with a confirmed case who had travelled overseas," the update said.

"The number of confirmed cases we see each day is expected to vary as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 situation across the state.

"We want everyone to know they can play their part to protect themselves and the more vulnerable in our community.

"Please follow the recommended advice from us and our federal counterparts in regards to social distancing, public gatherings and general wellbeing.

"Critically, make sure you are practising good hygiene and staying home if you're sick. "Washing your hands properly and often is the gold standard of health advice that can help prevent viruses from entering your body."

Queensland Health is urging anyone who has been overseas in the past 14 days and has a fever or any respiratory symptoms to see a doctor immediately.

Please phone ahead to the GP surgery and let them know your symptoms and travel history, this will help them prepare for your arrival.

The most up-to-date reliable information is available on the Queensland Health website at www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

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