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A DIPLOMAT will stay in hotel quarantine in Canberra for longer than the mandatory two week quarantine period after returning a covid test result that’s consistent with an historic infection. 

The diplomat, a man in his sixties, received the result after undergoing a mandatory end-of-quarantine test.

The test result reflects prolonged shedding of virus fragments, which is known to happen intermittently for up to several months after a person is no longer infectious, according to an ACT Health spokeswoman.

“We are confident that the individual is not infectious and poses no risk to the community. As a precaution,…



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