‘Big sigh of relief’ as Qld avoids snap lockdown again

Queensland has dodged lockdown for another day with the state recording no new local cases in the last 24 hours.

The result comes after more than 12,000 tests were carried out across the state on Saturday.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles says Queensland can breathe a sigh of relief.


“This is the best result we could have hoped for. Another doughnut day…a great result and a credit to how Queenslanders do what we ask them to do,” Dr Miles said.

“We are not out of the woods yet and we need to continue to monitor the situation.”

But the Gold Coast has been placed on alert after revelations two infected men from New South Wales had spent some time in the city.

One of those men is responsible for infecting a Brisbane family of five which was announced on Saturday after spending time with the family last weekend.

However, Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young believes the risk from the men is low and is not overly concerned.

“Those two people had minimal exposure in Queensland, so they had not been around and about. So that is good news. They had been down on the Gold Coast so I would ask that anyone in the Gold Coast, any symptoms at all, no matter how mild, please come forward and get tested,” Dr Young said.

The men arrived in Queensland on September 5 and spent two days in the state.

It’s understood the men who came into Queensland from New South Wales had border passes to enter the state but Police are still looking into it.

Officials have also revealed a miner who had been in West Africa has tested positive after returning home to Charters Towers but it’s believed his is a historic infection.

Investigations are also underway into another infected truck driver from New South Wales who has been in the southeast.

The truckie was in the state on Tuesday and Wednesday, travelling to Brisbane before returning to New South Wales.

Dr Young says it’s too early to declare that we have completely dodged a major outbreak but she is becoming more confident.

“I sincerely hope that we have and it’s because Queenslanders have done everything right again.”