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Australia Queensland records one new community case of COVID-19, Gold Coast on alert after truck driver tests positive in NSW

04:46  29 september  2021
04:46  29 september  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath. (News Video) © Provided by ABC Health Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath. (News Video)

Queensland has recorded one new community case of COVID-19, a close contact of the Eatons Hill man who tested positive on Monday.

It comes after four new mystery cases were reported yesterday, in an unvaccinated truck driver who was in the community for one week, the wife of the Eatons Hill man and a woman who had recently completed two weeks quarantine.

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said restrictions that were tightened yesterday for the Brisbane and Moreton Bay local government areas will now be extended to the Gold Coast.

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"That will mean that there will be restrictions on people accessing hospitals, aged care disability facilities and correctional services, facilities, we will be monitoring this very closely over the next 24 to 48 hours," Ms D'Ath said.

The Health Minister urged people to keep checking the Queensland Health website as more exposure sites would be updated through the day.

Another truck driver who had been in Queensland has also tested positive in New South Wales.

Ms D'Ath said the truck driver lives in Queensland and was in the Gold Coast area from September 25 to 27 before heading to New South Wales.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the truck driver had visited Mermaid Waters, Merrimac, Surfers Paradise, Mermaid Beach, Miami, Palm Beach and Currumbin as well as Byron Bay and Ballina in northern NSW.

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She said the other man, who is a contact of the Eatons Hill aviation worker, was in his 50s and lives in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast.

"He's been out in the Gold Coast area while infectious, so we'll be putting up sites exposure venues on our website," Dr Young said.

"He had had two doses of vaccine and had been fully protected."

She said genome sequencing showed the latest cases were "new clusters" and not linked to any case in Queensland, but Dr Young said she was confident that all the latest cases could be traced to their sources.

When asked why south-east Queensland had not been put into lockdown, Dr Young said it was not necessary at this stage, but she would reassess if the state started seeing a large spread of the disease and unlinked cases.

"I can't say I'm comfortable. I'm watching this very, very carefully," Dr Young said.

"At the moment I'm prepared to wait and see if we've got any local transmission, because at the moment, all of these cases we've got are linked [to other known cases], we know exactly how they've got them.

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"I know that people in Queensland fully understand what quarantine means now and they adhere to it, plus the most important thing is steadily, every single day I am seeing the vaccination rate increase."

She said international pilots use the aviation training facility where the Eatons Hill man works.

Ms D'Ath said around 300 people work at the aviation training facility.

"Queensland Health will determine whether they are close contacts or not, but we should expect a lot more people going to home quarantine over the next few days," she said.

Gold Coast residents urged to get tested if they show symptoms

Dr Young urged all Queenslanders aged 12 and over to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

"We're seeing time and time again, vaccination is not enough to stop people getting infected and passing on the virus, they will be fine," she said.

"We've seen time and time again that if you're fully vaccinated [it is] very unlikely you end up in ICU and extremely unlikely you'll die from the infection, but you can still pass it on."

Dr Young said the Gold Coast truck driver who tested positive in New South Wales regularly travels between his home and Sydney, stopping at Byron Bay and Ballina along the way.

"I'm asking everyone in the Gold Coast to immediately come forward [if they have] any symptoms at all [and] to make sure you get vaccinated," Dr Young said.

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