Some of Australia’s Olympic swimmers have been caught up in a Covid-19 scare in north Queensland and have had to take evasive action.
Several members of Australia’s Olympic swimming team have been caught up in a Covid-19 scare around Townsville and Magnetic Island.
Olympic champions Kyle Chalmers and Mack Horton were among a group of swimmers who had been in Townsville and visited Magnetic Island on Sunday.
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Both locations were set to go into a snap three-day lockdown on Tuesday.
A 19-year-old clerical worker from the Prince Charles Hospital had last week travelled to Magnetic Island in the state’s north and visited markets in Townsville on her trip.
A Queensland Health spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday afternoon the hospital worker had the Delta variant.
The swimmers who were based in Townsville travelled to Cairns on Tuesday ahead of an Olympic training camp starting Saturday.
Many other swimmers part of the Olympic team were already in Cairns for the camp.
Swimming Australia said the Townsville group is being kept separate from the main group during the lockdown period.
“Members of the Townsville group attended Magnetic Island … but are considered low-risk contacts and did not attend any high-risk locations during their visit,” a Swimming Australia spokesperson said.
“We will follow government health advice and be tested immediately as per the advice for low-risk contacts.”
Separately, swimmers who had been in South East Queensland — an area also headed into lockdown — were moved to Cairns on Monday night, where they will be able to train.
The Australian Olympic Committee began their vaccine rollout on 10 May, but it’s not clear if any of the swimmers who visited Townsville and Magnetic Island have received Covid-19 vaccinations yet.
Chalmers, Horton, Zac Incerti, Madi Wilson, and Tamsin Cook are some of the swimmers who visited Magnetic Island and posted photos of their trip to their Instagram accounts.
Horton posted to his social media saying he was on the move from Townsville to Cairns.
“3rd time leaving a location to avoid a lockdown,” he wrote in an Instagram story.
“This time was fun though, less than two hours notice.”
Annastacia Palaszczuk plunged parts of Queensland into a snap three-day lockdown after reporting two local cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday.
The stay-at-home directive came into effect from 6pm on Tuesday for 11 local government areas in Queensland’s southeast as well as Townsville City, Palm Island and Magnetic Island.