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Australia reports first local case in two weeks

Australia’s most populous state on Wednesday reported its first coronavirus case in nearly two weeks after an airport worker tested positive prompting authorities to suggest international flight crews should also quarantine after arriving. 

A 45-year old man who shuttles international airline staff to the airport tested positive for the virus, New South Wales (NSW) state Health Minister Brad Hazzard told reporters.

The government would talk to international airlines in the next 48 hours to suggest changes to existing quarantine rules for air crew, he said.

Travellers returning from overseas are required to spent 14 days in quarantine but Hazzard said airline crews need not go through the mandatory isolation for the same duration.