Coronavirus update

09 Dec 2020

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health, Public Health Services

Three people who returned to Australia from overseas as part of the international repatriation of Australians have tested positive to COVID-19 while in mandatory hotel quarantine in Hobart.

The woman and two children are from the same family and arrived on the repatriation flight from Delhi on Sunday 6 December 2020.

The positive results were received last night by Public Health officials as part of routine testing being done in all international quarantine hotels.

Because of the age of the children, the family has been moved by ambulance to the Royal Hobart Hospital so that further clinical assessment can be undertaken

They are being cared for in isolation at the Royal Hobart Hospital and all appropriate infection prevention and control measures are in place to protect staff and other patients.

No staff involved in the arrival, transport or quarantine of the family have been required to isolate, as Public Health advice is that all interactions have been in accordance with the infection prevention and control protocols.

Tasmania is playing an important role by helping stranded Australians return as soon as feasible. We have had extensive negotiations with the Australian Government to ensure we have the appropriate resources and support in place to protect the health and safety of Tasmanians as we undertake this role.

We previously indicated that there would likely be cases of COVID-19 in quarantine because of the risk of infection among Australians returning from international destinations. This is why we have such a robust quarantine program in place. Detecting cases means our systems are working.

Since the arrival of the flight on Sunday, all 118 returned travellers have had their first COVID test with 91 results returned to date.

The advice for all Tasmanians remains to be aware of symptoms and to be tested for coronavirus if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms.

Any Tasmanian with cold or flu-like symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, or fever should contact their GP or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange testing for coronavirus.

Tasmania has recorded a total of 231 cases.

The situation with coronavirus is changing frequently. People can stay up to date by visiting the coronavirus website www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au