QUEENSLAND has recorded 22 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours including 18 who have spent time in the community.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath confirmed on Thursday the cases were across the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Darling Downs, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, West Moreton and Wide Bay regions.
12 cases have been linked to interstate travel and two others are known contacts of other cases, one on the Gold Coast and the other in the Darling Downs.
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There was one locally acquired case which is still being investigated to determine the source.
The four other cases are under investigation.
The other four cases were detected in home and hotel quarantine.
Exposure sites will continue to be added to the Queensland Health website.
Genomic testing has also confirmed the state has three active Omicron cases.
They include the gentleman who travelled from Newcastle to Brisbane and then onto Townsville on Monday, forcing a number of people into isolation.
Officials say he had very limited exposure with the community beyond those flights.
A woman from Logan also has the new strain and had also travelled to Newcastle. They were infectious in the community on the 12th and 13th of December.
The other case is an international air crew member who has not been out in the community.
The Chief Health Officer admitted it was likely we would see a mask mandate come back in in Queensland if cases continued to increase.
“This is a very active discussion .. we are actively looking at the mask situation at the moment,” he said.
Minister D’Ath urged Queenslanders to consider wearing a mask regardless.
“With these cases we can see that this virus is popping up everywhere, there is nowhere in Queensland you can hide from this virus,” she said.