A man has tested positive for coronavirus in regional Western Australia after flying home from hotel quarantine in Melbourne.
The WA Health Department said the positive result, which was described as a ‘very weak positive’, is likely evidence of a previous infection.
The man, aged in his 30s, had recently returned to Australia from Poland and had tested negative to both tests during his mandatory two-week quarantine.
A man has tested positive for coronavirus in regional Western Australia after flying home from hotel quarantine in Melbourne
‘He tested negative to COVID-19 on all his tests while in hotel quarantine,’ the department said.
‘On his return to Collie, he was retested as part of Vic Health’s follow-up of people post-quarantine.
‘He returned a very weak positive result, which is sometimes seen in people with old, recovered infections.’
The man has been re-tested, and his three close contacts have also been tested and all are currently isolating.
They are expected to receive their results on Wednesday.
‘We are asking the community not to panic and to be assured that WA Health will advise the community if results indicate this is an infectious case,’ the department said.
There are currently 26 active cases of coronavirus in the state, three of which are in Royal Perth Hospital.