Experts ‘not too worried’ about new Covid-19 case on the Gold Coast

Queensland authorities are expected to reveal more information about the latest Covid-19 case on the Gold Coast, but experts don’t appear concerned just yet.

The new case was reported late yesterday and had been out and about in the community while infectious.

Worryingly, the person was deemed infectious while at Robina Town Centre for the Black Friday sales, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.


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It’s been listed as a ‘low risk’ contact site from 1.30 pm to 2.45 pm on Friday, November 26, with the person also visiting Rebel Sport, JB Hi-Fi and Target.

Anyone who may have been at those stores at those times is being urged to immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Authorities have spent the night further investigating the case, to find out if it linked to other recent cases on the Gold Coast.

Infectious Diseases Expert Professor Paul Griffin has told The Today Show that there’s no cause to panic.

“I’m not too worried,” Professor Griffin said on Thursday morning.

“We know cases are going to come here in Queensland and we have done a good job in being prepared with getting our vaccine rate up relatively high.

“We have a little bit of work to do there. So in response to this, I hope more people do go out and get vaccinated.

“We have demonstrated time and time again we have responded accordingly and can manage these sorts of incursions with high rates of testing and people paying attention to the public health notices.

“We need to make sure people do that and get ready for more cases when they come when the borders open,” Professor Griffin said.

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