BREAKING: Qld records one new local COVID-19 case

Queensland has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with just one of those locally acquired.

The locally acquired case is linked to Brisbane’s Portuguese Restaurant cluster and went into home isolation on Friday, July 2.

While the second case was acquired overseas and detected in hotel quarantine.


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has described today’s numbers as “excellent news”.

“If I’m smiling everyone else should be smiling too… In terms of where we are at at the moment, this is excellent news,” the Premier said.

“We are dealing with this Alpha strain not the delta strain and it appears that everything is under control at this point in time.

“We are very, very relieved about that.”

Another potential case, also linked to the same outbreak, is also under investigation.

“There is another person of interest that I am doing further testing on, another close contact from the Greek community centre,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

“So just working through whether or not that is a case.

“Ultimately, this is good. These are alpha cases, we know they are linked directly to the outbreak that we have going on.”

It has also been confirmed that a Brisbane airport luggage handler, who was recorded in yesterday’s numbers, has now been confirmed as a false positive.

“There is some good news from yesterday. It is very reassuring. If you remember, I mentioned the worker at the domestic terminal of Brisbane Airport who tested positive on a surveillance test,” Dr Young said.

“They tested 700 people through those two airports and one person who was well tested positive.

“We have gone and done repeat testing, multiple repeat testing on different platforms and it has confirmed that that was a false positive. So that person was not a case, which is very good.”

The number of cases still considered active across the state now stands at 46.

A number of restrictions, including mandatory mask-wearing, remain in place in a number of local Government areas including the Gold Coast until at least July 16.