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Queensland COVID update: Super yacht captain denies allegations against infected crew

The captain of a luxury yacht at the centre of a Queensland police investigation has denied allegations passengers have failed to cooperate with COVID-19 contact tracers.

On Thursday morning, authorities revealed a 20-year-old female crew member on the Lady E tested positive for coronavirus in Cairns upon the yacht’s arrival from the Maldives.

Another six crew members are now being tested, while 14 passengers are in hotel quarantine.

A crew member on a superyacht, which has arrived in Cairns from the Maldives, has tested positive for coronavirus. Credit: Jordan Quinn/7NEWS/Twitter

The crew members are remaining on the yacht for maritime safety purposes, while police are investigating the alleged failure to cooperation with health officials.

“We are concerned about the super yacht case,” Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.

“The super yacht in question has not been very cooperative at all with the information they’ve provided to the Queensland Police Service – and where they have been, so we can identify whether there are any other cases or where they may have got it from.

“We will leave that for the police to deal with.

“But we are very disappointed that this super yacht is not cooperating and providing factual, correct information to Queensland Police Service.”

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