Qld Health makes urgent plea to COVID flight passengers
Emails, phone calls and text messages have gone unanswered as contact tracers attempt to reach two people on-board Friday's Sydney to Maroochydore flight.
Queensland Health is urging two of the 14 passengers seated near a known COVID-19 case, a 45-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man, to respond to contact tracers as a matter of urgency.
This afternoon Queensland Health clarified that contact information was provided for 14 passengers, contrary to comments made earlier today by Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young.
Dr Young this morning said the two passengers had not been reached because contact information was not provided.
The man and woman were seated within the first three rows.
"It's crucial that we find these passengers and make sure they are not infected," Dr Young said.
"We want to make sure they are well after having close contact with a confirmed case, for their own health and the safety of Queenslanders in general.
"All other passengers on the flight should, as advised, monitor their symptoms and get tested immediately if they feel unwell."
A man aged in his 20s flew from Kabul, where he was working as a security guard, to Sydney and then on to Maroochydore.
He drove directly to his home in Toowoomba to quarantine, where he has since tested positive. His wife is also in self quarantine.
The man was given an exemption from the New South Wales and Queensland governments to quarantine at home in Toowoomba.
In a statement this afternoon Queensland Health said it would seek help from the Commonwealth to ensure accurate and useful contact information is available to contact tracers.
They said some information provided for domestic flight passengers was only details for travel agents.
They said the two people on-board the Jetstar JQ790 flight were contacted by email, phone and text multiple times but were yet to respond.