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State’s awkward coronavirus bikie backtrack

Queensland’s leaders are in for a potentially awkward press conference this morning after the state’s health department revealed the former bikie, who yesterday was reported to have coronavirus while on board a flight, wasn’t actually positive.There were fears Shane Bowden, a former Victorian bikie who was recently kicked out of the Mongols, may have infected…

Queensland’s leaders are in for a potentially awkward press conference this morning after the state’s health department revealed the former bikie, who yesterday was reported to have coronavirus while on board a flight, wasn’t actually positive.

There were fears Shane Bowden, a former Victorian bikie who was recently kicked out of the Mongols, may have infected dozens of people with COVID-19 after he caught a Jetstar flight to Queensland with coronavirus.

Queensland’s Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steve Miles said yesterday that Bowden had the virus “for some time” and the 84 passengers who flew to Brisbane with him on Monday were now in quarantine.

However, Queensland Health last night admitted it had issued no warning alert to passengers because Bowden didn’t have the virus.

“A public health alert has not been issued for the flight the reported Victorian resident was on as new advice provided to Queensland Health is that he was not infectious while on the flight,” Queensland Health said last night.

Victoria‘s Department of Health and Human Services also said last night it had “received no report of an individual travelling to Queensland while infectious”.

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The confusion kicked off at Queensland’s daily coronavirus press conference yesterday.

Mr Miles said Bowden knew he had tested positive to coronavirus but decided to board the Jetstar flight JQ560 out of Melbourne anyway.

“He was intercepted at the airport as someone coming from a hotspot and put into quarantine,” Mr Miles said. “Victorian authorities, subsequent to that, advised that he was positive.

“The only concern with regards to contact tracing therefore relates to people who are on that flight.”

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski also alleged Bowden provided “untrue information” on his border declaration pass in order to enter Queensland.

“Our initial investigations have indicated to us that this person is COVID positive and was COVID positive while in Victoria,” Mr Gollschewski said.

“A criminal investigation is now underway for more serious offences.”

Mr Miles also tweeted about the allegations.

It’s unclear why Mr Miles and police believed Bowden was positive on the flight.

Bowden, who had been in a quarantine hotel on the Gold Coast since Monday, has also been moved to hospital.

The Herald-Sun reports Bowden was moved to hospital after a gunshot wound in his leg became badly infected.

The former high-profile bikie was targeted in a drive-by shooting in Melbourne’s north-west in July but had left hospital due to paranoia, the publication reported.

Bowden also spent close to seven years in jail over an infamous bikie brawl at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast in 2006.

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