COVID-19: Queensland returnees urged to check locations of interest as health ministry reports one new MIQ case

Queensland on Thursday recorded two new community cases of COVID-19. Photo credit: Getty Images

New Zealanders who were in Australia's Queensland or New South Wales states last week are being urged to check in with local authorities for locations of interest, after new community cases of COVID-19.

Queensland on Thursday recorded two new community cases of COVID-19, after a woman travelled from Melbourne during the city's lockdown - breaching local restrictions. She and her husband have since tested positive in Queensland and visited several places there and in neighbouring NSW on the way.

A New Zealand Ministry of Health spokesman said any Kiwis who were in the NSW towns of Dubbo, Forbes, Gillenbah and Moree between last Tuesday and Friday, or Queensland's Toowoomba, Caloundra, Buddina and Baring between Saturday and Tuesday, should check local health authority websites for any locations of interest.

New Zealand authorities say anyone who attended locations of interest should call Healthline, get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate until a negative result is returned.

"Anyone who was at a location of interest at the specified times also cannot not travel to New Zealand within 14 days of the exposure event," the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, one new imported COVID-19 infection has been recorded in New Zealand in the past 24 hours. It's unclear at this stage where the new case came from, only that they travelled via Singapore - returning a positive test on day three of their stay in managed isolation (MIQ).

In its update on Thursday, the Ministry of Health said the seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases detected at the border remains at two.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.
Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield. Photo credit: The AM Show/Getty Images


The new community cases in Queensland come as Melbourne prepares to come out of lockdown at 11:59pm on Thursday. 

Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Victoria is currently suspended but the Ministry of Health said an update on travel restrictions will be provided later on Thursday.

Several restrictions will remain in place in Melbourne, with residents banned from travelling more than 25km from their homes.

Four new communitiy cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Victoria on Thursday - all members of the same family.