Australian Defence Force officer in PNG tests positive to coronavirus

The Australian flag is seen on an Australian Defence Force (ADF) uniform. Source: AAP

An Australian defence force officer is isolating in Papua New Guinea after testing positive to COVID-19.

An Australian defence force officer has tested positive to coronavirus while posted in Papua New Guinea.

The officer, who has been in PNG since January, self-isolated on 5 June after reporting cold and flu-like symptoms.

They will stay in isolation until cleared by doctors, the Department of Defence says.

"The High Commission has conducted contact tracing and provided this information to the PNG Government," Defence said in a statement.

Another five defence force officers were last month flown home after contracting coronavirus in the Middle East.

Personnel serving in the region were tested after a number of local contractors became infected with the virus.

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