Gold Coasters are likely to face at least another week of wearing masks, with the Queensland Government expected to make a call on extending the face coverings this morning.
The mandate is due to end at 6.00am tomorrow, but there are reports this morning that masks will remain in place for at least another seven days.
It comes after the state’s top doctor yesterday admitted that she is “very worried” about the number of cases that have recently emerged in the state.
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“Given that we are seeing increased numbers of cases across Australia, it is very important that we are not complacent in Queensland,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.
“I am very concerned… I think this is escalating now.
“We have had 13 incursions of the virus into the Queensland community over the last six weeks, that is more than we have seen for a very long time.
“So I am very worried, and most of those have been the highly contagious Delta variant.”
The mask mandate has already been extended twice due to the risk of transmission in the community.
Dr Young said masks are a huge help in stopping the spread of the virus, and urged Gold Coasters to continue following the rules.
“We know they make a difference and I’m sure they’ve played a role in why we’ve not had widespread community transmissions from any of these 13 incursions of the virus,” she said.
It comes as another COVID-19 exposure site on the Gold Coast is added to the growing list.
Anyone who was at Harbour Town shopping centre in Biggera between 12.20pm and 3.00pm on Saturday July 17 is being urged to get tested, but you do not need to isolate.
You can see the full list of Queensland exposure sites here.