Australia Queensland records one locally acquired case of COVID-19 as state eases restrictions with Victoria

05:00  22 june  2021
05:00  22 june  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. © Getty Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Queensland has recorded one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 linked to a woman who tested positive for the virus at the weekend after undergoing hotel quarantine.

The man in his 60s visited the Portuguese Family Centre at Ellen Grove at the same time as the woman while she was infectious after travelling to Australia from Portugal.

"At this stage we're very comfortable that this person is in home quarantine," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

"We are going to be making sure that we keep a really close eye on all of those people who went to that Portuguese Family Centre, and it's very important that we monitor them because we don't want them out in the community."

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Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said health authorities were working to confirm whether the man had been in the community on Sunday morning.

"That would be the only risk," she said.

Dr Young said all 36 people who were at the Portuguese restaurant at the same time as the infected woman were also now in home quarantine.

"We will continue, of course, to assess them and to test them going forward for the 14 days," she said.

"I think that's good news and that's all in hand."

Quarantine staff 'potentially' the missing link between cases

Dr Young said authorities were continuing to investigate how the woman became infected while in hotel quarantine.

"We have found that there was one of the quarantine staff, we think, potentially involved," she said.

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"We know that this staff member escorted one of the positive cases from Mongolia from their room to the ambulance so they could be transported to hospital, and we have the genome sequence from that gentleman.

"We then know that the staff member, after escorting that gentleman to the ambulance, went up to a higher level in the building and swabbed the lady who came from Portugal.

"The lady from Portugal has then ended up with exactly the same virus as the gentleman from Mongolia."

Dr Young said both the staff member and the man from Mongolia were fully vaccinated.

She said health authorities were reviewing CCTV footage from the hotel.

Restrictions set to ease with Victoria

Meanwhile, Queensland will open its border to Melbourne residents from 1:00am on Friday.

Ms Palaszczuk said it was "great news" for Victorians.

"I know there is a lot of people that would have had their holidays booked to Queensland, so Dr Young is comfortable with the way Victoria is at and we will keep a close eye on NSW," she said.

She reminded Queenslanders not to travel to New South Wales at this time as the southern state recorded another seven locally acquired cases today.

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