Queensland has recorded nine new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, including six local infections all on the Gold Coast, with authorities urging residents to remain on high alert.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has confirmed that of the six new local infections, one is a man in his 20s who recently moved to the city from interstate.
The man, who has had one dose of the COVID vaccine, has been infectious in the community for five days.
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A female close contact of the man has also been diagnosed with the virus.
A fully-vaccinated woman who works in the border zone and has been infectious in the community for eight days has also tested positive, along with her partner and child.
The child is a student at Broadbeach State School, which has been forced to close for its final day of school in order to undergo a deep clean.
All staff, students and parents have also been ordered to isolate and get tested.
Ms D’Ath said the woman’s partner was also infectious while attending the Broadbeach vaccination centre to get his second dose, with the date and time he was there yet to be revealed.
Another local man, who has recently been in Byron Bay, has also tested positive.
“This gentleman plays in a band and we understand other band members have now transferred over to Western Australia, and we are notifying the Western Australia authorities of that now,” Ms D’Ath said.
A seventh possible local case at Mudgeeraba is also under investigation.
“These six people make up four different incursions that we can see so far and there is another one under investigation that could see five incursions,” the Health Minister said.
“This is what we’ve been planning for… We said there would be cases and this is what we all need to be ready for”.
Ms D’Ath said the recent cases of community transmission should serve as a “huge wake-up call” for all Gold Coasters to come out and get tested.
“We can assume there is likely to be transmission happening across the Gold Coast,” she said.
The affected suburbs include Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Miami, Tugan, Elanora, Ashmore and Currumbin Waters, with ten new exposure sites listed this morning.
As a result of the spike in local cases, the State Government is now “strongly recommending” Gold Coasters carry a mask when leaving home and wear them when they cannot socially distance, especially whilst indoors.
We’re also being told to continue using QR codes to check-in, however, authorities have stopped short of imposing any restrictions.