Australia Unlinked virus case recorded in Brisbane

04:43  30 july  2021
04:43  30 july  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Two new community cases have been confirmed in the south-east. Queensland Health says they have visited a lot of sites. It's believed the pair do not have the Delta strain currently impacting NSW. Locations mostly around inner Brisbane , including Fortitude Valley, Indooroopilly, West End and Newstead have now been listed on the Queensland Health website, as well as the McDonalds at Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast. On Saturday the Northern Territory recorded a positive case in a FIFO mine worker who NT authorities believed may have caught the virus in Brisbane .

The state recorded three new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours - two acquired locally and one detected in hotel quarantine. The locally acquired cases were linked to the COVID-19 ward at Princess Alexandra Hospital, a nurse who had received her first vaccine dose and her roommate. The person infected another nurse, who passed the virus onto a group of women who had attended a bachelorette party at Byron Bay. Ms Palaszczuk said there were no unlinked community cases , which was a good sign. “If it is encouraging news tomorrow, we will be lifting the hotspot for greater Brisbane ,” the

a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Dr Jeannette Young is urging masks, with an outbreak of Delta COVID-19 in Queensland near certain. © Dan Peled/AAP PHOTOS Dr Jeannette Young is urging masks, with an outbreak of Delta COVID-19 in Queensland near certain.

Queensland has recorded an unlinked locally acquired case of COVID-19 in a high school student in western Brisbane.

The 17-year-old girl, who's an Indooroopilly State High School student, tested positive on Thursday night after suffering a headache.

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath says the case is yet to be linked with any existing outbreaks in the state.

"This is an unknown, unlinked case at this stage. Until we get more information, masks are more important than ever," she said on Friday.

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A CCP virus outbreak sent about 2.5 million people in Greater Brisbane into a snap three-day lockdown on Monday afternoon. Hundreds more people around the state who have visited Brisbane since March 20 are also under orders to stay at home and self-isolate. A mask-wearing mandate has been imposed for the entire state, given the number of people who travelled from Brisbane to other regions during the time the first cases were infectious in the community.

Queensland has recorded one new coronavirus case in hotel quarantine in the last 24 hours and no cases of community transmission linked to the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Key points: Restrictions in Greater Brisbane are on track to be eased by Friday. "So that is really positive results which gives us confidence that we are containing this virus , but, of course, we do have a few days to go and the timeframe is 1:00am on Friday 22 if we have no more community cases that are unlinked ."

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says the teenager's family are being tested, but they haven't travelled anywhere recently.

"I'm struggling to understand how she's acquired it, so we'll have to wait until we get whole genome sequencing results back later today," Dr Young told reporters.

The girl is in hospital as a precaution and the school has been closed for deep cleaning.

Contact tracers are now working out which students and teachers need to self-isolate or go into quarantine.

Dr Young called for people over the age of 70 who are unvaccinated to get the AstraZeneca jab.

"If you haven't been please go and see your GP, go to one of the pharmacies, one of the vaccine clinics and avail yourself as soon as possible with the AstraZeneca vaccine," she said.

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The state recorded one new case of community transmission on Sunday, the latest in a growing COVID-19 cluster. The man is the brother of the 26-year-old man from the Brisbane suburb of Stafford, who tested positive to the highly infectious UK strain on Thursday . "The contact tracers are talking to him to try to work out if there has been any crossover or whether that means there is another case that has spread from the doctor from the PA hospital," she said. "We won't have absolute proof about this new case because he doesn't have any virus that we can sequence but it is highly likely… the

Greater Brisbane will now allow a maximum of 10 people to gather at home or outdoors. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she fears the cluster could be widespread. The Wacol facility, west of Brisbane , was put into lockdown on Thursday, with a total of seven cases now linked to the cluster. Queensland recorded a total of nine coronavirus cases overnight, with the three not linked to the youth detention centre linked to cargo ships off the coast of Townsville. Those infected with the virus on cargo ships have since been transported to Townsville Hospital.

The new case comes after Dr Young penned an opinion piece on Friday warning a rise in COVID-19 cases was "almost inevitable".

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She noted the state has weathered 13 incursions of the virus from interstate and hotel quarantine in the last six weeks.

"Queensland, COVID-19 is coming," Dr Young wrote in the piece, provided to AAP.

"It's unfortunate but almost inevitable that we will see a rise in COVID-19 cases here in coming months.

"That's why I am pleading with Queenslanders to wear masks when they are in public.

"It's more than a public health direction – it's also one of our most effective weapons against this virus, especially the insidious Delta variant."

Meanwhile, authorities are trying to track down plane passengers who flew between Perth and Brisbane and guests who stayed at two backpacker hostels with a man who has the virus.

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Unlinked cases in Melbourne's north and the lack of answers about the origins of the Delta virus continue to puzzle health officials working the COVID-19 outbreak. As well as focusing attention on the worrying emergence of the highly infectious Delta strain of the virus , authorities are concerned about a number of cases that can't be linked to a known source. The new two cases outlined on Saturday have one thing in common with earlier cases ; one of them shopped frequently at Epping Plaza and Craigieburn Central — two known exposure sites.

Four new cases have been recorded in South-East Queensland overnight. The Chief Health Officer said that in the last 14 days, there have been 101 opportunities for people to get infected. Queenslanders are urged to get tested for COVID-19 if they experience any symptoms. Dr Young said the addition of Cherbourg to the list of restricted areas was simply a precaution. "There is absolutely no evidence at all that any of our confirmed cases have gone to Cherbourg while infectious," Dr Young said. "But we know that Cherbourg, if the virus was to get into there, would be high risk."

The man quarantined after arriving in Brisbane from the Philippines on July 3.

He then flew to Perth on July 17 where he was denied entry, placed in quarantine, and sent back to Brisbane on a flight on July 20.

The man became unwell while staying at a backpackers hostel in Brisbane and tested positive on Monday.

Contact tracers are still tracking any passengers on Qantas flight 932 from Brisbane to Perth on July 20 and guests who have stayed at the Brisbane City Backpackers HQ or Joe's Place Backpackers.

None of the other 62 guests at the hostels have tested positive, but they are being quarantined in their rooms.

Authorities took the infected man to hospital on Thursday afternoon.

"I'm comfortable that we're doing what's needed," Dr Young said.

"We will just have to see what happens over the next few days, remembering that it's the Alpha variant, and so I wouldn't be surprised if we get cases in the next 10 days."

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said 4076 vehicles had been intercepted at the state borders and 36 had been turned back on Thursday.

He said 633 domestic air passengers had arrived with eight denied entry and 170 put into home or hotel quarantine.

Mr Gollschewski said one person had been fined $1378 after breaching home quarantine to visit their mother.

Meanwhile, ten COVID-19 patients from a ship docked at Weipa, in the state's far north, have also been put into Brisbane hospitals for treatment.

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