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Australia Queensland records eight new Covid cases overnight

03:37  30 march  2021
03:37  30 march  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Queensland has recorded eight new locally acquired Covid cases overnight - taking its latest outbreak to 15 infections - after Brisbane was plunged into lockdown and an unvaccinated nurse took the virus to New South Wales.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the fresh infections on Tuesday, the first full day of Greater Brisbane's three-day snap lockdown, as Gladys Berejiklian warned NSW residents to brace for new local cases.

Ms Palaszczuk said six of the fresh cases are linked to confirmed infections, while two remain under investigation.

There are now two distinct clusters of the UK variant of Covid-19 in Greater Brisbane. Both clusters are linked to frontline healthcare workers who worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital but had not yet been vaccinated.

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a group of people walking down the street: Brisbane residents are seen in face marks on Tuesday, as Queensland records eight additional local Covid cases © Provided by Daily Mail Brisbane residents are seen in face marks on Tuesday, as Queensland records eight additional local Covid cases a group of people crossing a city street: Police officers patrol the Valley Mall in Brisbane on Monday as more than two million people are plunged into lockdown © Provided by Daily Mail Police officers patrol the Valley Mall in Brisbane on Monday as more than two million people are plunged into lockdown

Greater Brisbane entered a three-day lockdown on Monday afternoon after four new local coronavirus cases - including two siblings - were discovered by authorities.

The siblings - an unvaccinated nurse and her sister -  unknowingly had the virulent UK coronavirus strain while partying in Byron Bay, northern NSW, between March 26 and March 28.

The sisters visited a string of popular venues including the Byron Beach Hotel and The Farm - both of which are now on high alert for potential Covid-19 exposure.

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Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said pathology results revealed the nurse has the same genome as a man who was treated in the PA Hospital and tested on March 22.

The nurse worked in the Covid ward on March 18 and then did a night shift on March 23 - but was not dealing with coronavirus infections that night.

'My hypothesis - and this all has to be tested, this all has to be checked out, this is very preliminary information - is that she has acquired the infection when at work that night,' Dr Young said.

'I don't know whether she's got it directly from that patient, because she wasn't working with Covid cases that night, but we have to confirm that, or whether she's got it from someone else in the hospital.'

Dr Young said five of the cases overnight were linked to the nurse and her sister.

a person wearing a hat: A healthcare worker is seen organising Covid test collections in Brisbane on Monday © Provided by Daily Mail A healthcare worker is seen organising Covid test collections in Brisbane on Monday a person in a police car parked in a parking lot: Brisbane residents queue to be processed through a drive-in Covid testing site at Bowen Hills in Brisbane on Monday © Provided by Daily Mail Brisbane residents queue to be processed through a drive-in Covid testing site at Bowen Hills in Brisbane on Monday

'They're all linked cases, and they all attended a party together down in Byron Bay,' she said.

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Dr Young said all of Queensland's latest local infections are linked to either the first or second cluster.

'But we have had a lot of people now out in the community, infectious. So, that's why we need this three-day lockdown to get on top of all of the contacts of all of these positive cases, and work out where they've been,' she said.

'And having everyone in their home instead of out and about in the community just helps us get on top of all of the contacts and minimise the risk of further spread.'

Queensland's latest outbreak has now grown to 15 cases.


Video: COVID health alerts issued for Byron Bay venues (Sky News Australia)

There were no new local infections in NSW on Tuesday but Ms Berejiklian suggested she was expecting cases to emerge.

a group of people standing in front of a building: A line-up is pictured at a walk-through Covid-19 testing site at the Surf Life Saving Club in Byron Bay in northern New South Wales on Monday. A Covid-positive unvaccinated nurse and her sister visited the town on the weekend of March 26-March 28 © Provided by Daily Mail A line-up is pictured at a walk-through Covid-19 testing site at the Surf Life Saving Club in Byron Bay in northern New South Wales on Monday. A Covid-positive unvaccinated nurse and her sister visited the town on the weekend of March 26-March 28

'We hope that we do not have any cases arise in NSW but I would not be surprised if we did, so we must brace ourselves,' the premier said on Tuesday.

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From Thursday Byron Bay is due to host the five-day Bluesfest over the Easter long weekend with up to 16,000 participants every day.

'We are expecting more cases [linked to] Queensland and hopefully most of those cases will be people in isolation or although we have to assume this is an evolving situation,' Ms Berejiklian said.

Anyone who had been to Queensland since March 20 needs to comply with the state's lockdown rules while back in NSW.

Ms Berejiklian's borders are still open but she said the state 'will have to respond' if cases are identified in her state.

Meanwhile, the premier is urging people in NSW to 'please change your plans' if they intended to travel to anywhere in Queensland for the Easter break, warning there was a chance they could end up trapped in a lockdown.

'There's no better place to holiday than NSW,' she said.

a sign on the side of a road: The Farm at Byron Bay (pictured) was closed after a positive case dined at the popular cafe © Provided by Daily Mail The Farm at Byron Bay (pictured) was closed after a positive case dined at the popular cafe

Ms Berejiklian is also urging everyone in NSW to check in at every venue, socially distance and sanitise hands.

'I cannot stress enough the importance of being Covid-safe,' Ms Berejiklian said.

'And most importantly, if you've attended any of the venues NSW Health has identified, get tested, stay home and isolate for the full 14 days,' the premier said.

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Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said NSW Health had contacted 1321 people who attended the Byron Beach Hotel last Friday asking them to isolate and get tested.

And 166 people who visited The Farm last Sunday have also been contacted and asked to test and isolate.

Anyone who has returned from Brisbane from March 11 should be on high alert for symptoms, she said.

Anyone who has even mild symptoms should get tested and stay home and isolate until further advice.

NSW Health is advising people who had travelled to Queensland or Byron Bay to check each state's websites for information about venues they have visited.

a group of people standing next to a palm tree: The nurse and her sister partied in NSW's Byron Bay (testing site pictured) for a bachelorette party while infected with Covid © Provided by Daily Mail The nurse and her sister partied in NSW's Byron Bay (testing site pictured) for a bachelorette party while infected with Covid

Today host Karl Stefanovic said it was 'disgraceful' the infected nurse had not yet received her Covid jab.

'You can say challenging, we can say 'disgraceful' because that's what it is,' he said on Tuesday morning.

'Every day [the nurses] are dealing with potentially Covid-infected patients. What are we doing in this country if we're not getting those vaccinations out?'

AMA Queensland's Council of General Practice's Chair Dr Maria Boulton said just 43 per cent of doctors in the state they surveyed had received a dose of the vaccine.

Of those doctors, half had been in contact with positive coronavirus cases.

'It's beyond comprehension,' Stefanovic said.

'The mind boggles why especially those on the frontline haven't been vaccinated yet,' Dr Boulton replied.

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Amid criticism of the vaccine's slow rollout, Australia's Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan said Queensland Health was working hard to get the jab to healthcare workers as quickly as possible.

She conceded the task could take several more weeks.

Queensland's coronavirus exposure sites

With a new outbreak reaching 15 cases on Tuesday, Queensland health authorities have released a list of sites where there may have been a risk of exposure to coronavirus.

Visitors to the following venues at the specified times must isolate for 14 days and complete a contact tracing self-assessment online.

Saturday, March 20

* Shinobi Ramen Noodle shop, Westfield Shopping Centre, Carindale, 12pm-2.16pm

* Black Hops Brewery, East Brisbane, 12pm-2pm

* Green Beacon brewing Co, Teneriffe, 2pm-3.12pm

* Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill, 3.44pm-5.30pm

Sunday, March 21

* Mamma's Italian Restaurant, Redcliffe, 12.30pm-3.10pm

Monday, March 22

* PCYC Pine Rivers, Bray Park, 7.16am-8.10am

Friday, March 26

* Spinnaker Park Cafe, Callemondah, 10.22am-11.23am

* Auckland House, Gladstone Central, 7.23pm-9.30pm

*FitStop Gym, Morningside, 6.50am-8am

Saturday, March 27

* Auckland House, Gladstone Central, 7.33am-8.20am

Visitors to the following venues should get tested immediately and quarantine until they get a negative result.

Friday, March 19

*Little Red Dumpling, Carseldine, 12.10pm-1.16pm

*Woolworths, Carseldine, 1.10pm-1.20pm

*Aldi, Bald Hills, 5.10pm-5.18pm

*Super Cheap Auto, Bald Hills, 5.30pm-5.33pm

Saturday, March 20

* Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre - any part of the shopping centre, Carindale, 12pm-2.16pm

* Black Hops Brewery, East Brisbane, 2pm-3pm

* Market Organics (store only), Newmarket, 2.45-3pm

* Baskins-Robbins, Everton Park, 9.20pm-9.25pm

Sunday, March 21

* The Standard Market Company, Gasworks Plaza, Newstead, 9.50am-10.20am

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* Genki Mart, Alderley, 10.30am-10.46am

* Liquorland, Dolphins Central Shopping Centre, Kippa-Ring, 4.40pm-5.50pm

Monday, March 22

* Bunnings Rothwell, 7.14am-7.27am

*Cafe L'avenue, Carseldine, 8.51am-8.58am

*Zambrero, Aspley, 12.05pm-12.34pm

*Jacobs Bakery, Aspley, 12.4pm-12.48pm

* Bunnings Stafford, 12.4pm-12.50pm

* Bunnings Lawnton, 3.15pm-3.30pm

* Strathpine Plaza Shopping Centre, Strathpine, 3.43pm-3.49pm

Tuesday, March 23

* Redcliffe Train Line - Kippa Ring to Lawnton, 7am-8am

*Cafe L'avenue, Carseldine, 8am-8.29am

*Sushi Train, Carseldine, 12pm-12.45pm

* Zambrero, Lawnton, 12.51pm-12.55pm

* Lawnton Fruit Market, Lawnton, 1.57pm-2.05pm

* Redcliffe Train Line - Lawnton to Kippa Ring, 2pm-3pm

* Nellas Gourmet Tucker, Lawnton, 3.37pm-3.47pm

* Poolwerx Strathpine, Strathpine, 3.15pm-3.27pm

* Dan Murphy's, Strathpine, 7.26pm-7.36pm

Wednesday, March 24

* Redcliffe Train Line - Lawnton to Kippa Ring, 2.30pm-3.30pm

* Lawnton Country Markets, Lawnton, 2.36pm-2.43pm

Thursday, March 25

*Cafe L'avenue, Carseldine, 8am-8.29am

* Gin Gin Bakery, Gin Gin, 1.26pm-1.33pm

* Aldi Stafford, Stafford City Shopping Centre, Stafford, 8.30am-8.45am

*Cafe L'avenue, Carseldine, 12.34pm-1.34pm

* Nundah Respiratory Clinic, Nundah, 11.15am-11.40am

*Cold Rock Ice Creamery, Raby Bay, 3.50pm-4pm

*Woolworths, Cleveland, 4.30pm-4.45pm

* Miriam Vale Star Roadhouse and Caravan Park, Miriam Vale - 2.35pm.2.45pm

* Redcliffe Train Line - Lawnton to Kippa Ring, 5.45pm-6.45pm

* BWS - Lawnton Drive, Lawnton, 6.15pm-6.30pm

*Hanwoori Korean BBQ Restaurant, Brisbane City, 6.30pm-7.30pm

*Wintergarden carpark, Brisbane City, 6.19pm-7.50pm

* Ceres Pizza Cafe, Strathpine, 7pm-7.58pm

Friday, March 26

*Nurse Station cafe, South Brisbane, 10.15am-10.30am

*SPAR Carina Megafresh, Carina, 11.30am-11.45am

* Coles, Stockland Gladstone, Gladstone Central, 12.09pm-12.33pm

*Woolworths, Coorparoo, 12.55pm-1.30pm

* Redcliffe Train Line - Lawnton to Kippa Ring, 2.30pm-3.30pm

* Woolworths, Peninsula Fair Shopping Centre, Kippa-Ring, 3pm-3.20pm

* Stockland Gladstone (including BWS), Gladstone, 4.46pm-5pm

* Byron Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, 7.15pm-8.30pm

Saturday, March 27

* IGA Redcliffe, 12.50pm-12:55pm

Sunday, March 28

* The Farm Byron Bay, Ewingsdale, 8am, 9.30am

Monday, March 29

* All of Greater Brisbane's local government areas have been declared a hotspot. This includes: Brisbane council areas, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands and Moreton.

SOURCE: AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

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