Dozens more people will be forced to spend Christmas in isolation after another Gold Coast flight was identified as an exposure site.
An infected person travelled to the Gold Coast from Sydney last Monday, December 13.
They flew on Jetstar flight JQ402 which landed at Coolangatta at 7.40am.
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All passengers seated in rows 17 to 21 have been deemed to be close contacts and will be forced to isolate for 14 days.
It’s the fifth flight to the Gold Coast that has been identified as an exposure site since borders reopened last week.
It comes as pressure continues to grow on health officials to rethink the 14-day quarantine requirement for close contacts.
More than 100 Police officers, mostly on the Gold Coast, have been forced into quarantine after three officers tested positive for COVID-19.
Around 30 Gold Coast families are battling to have their quarantine period reduced after a carer on a school vacation care excursion tested positive last week.
The rules in Queensland will change on January 1 which will see close contacts only forced to isolate for seven days while vaccinated household contacts won’t be subject to the same tough conditions.
But that will come too late for the thousands of people who will be spending Christmas in isolation.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard told reporters on Monday that the issue was being discussed.
“We are actively looking at the quarantine and isolation process on a daily basis,” Dr John Gerrard said.
The Sunshine State recorded 59 new cases on Monday including 49 that were locally acquired.
The rate of new infections has been doubling every two days but infectious diseases expert Dr Paul Griffin says we shouldn’t be panicking at this stage.
“Not worried but I think we do need to watch this situation. We do need people to take note enough to make sure they do those simple things – wear their masks, check-in everywhere, and go and get tested if they have any symptoms,” Dr Griffin told Nine.
“It’s likely we’ll see case numbers continue to climb. It looks like there’s already quite a few today but I think if we get those simple things right then hopefully we’ll be able to get the upper hand.”