Health officials have revealed the latest mystery case of COVID-19 on the Gold Coast is not related to any past infections in the city.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said genomic sequencing has linked the case back to New South Wales, but exactly how it got into the Gold Coast remains unclear.
The Gold Coast man tested positive on Wednesday, but mystery surrounds exactly how he acquired the virus, as he has not been interstate.
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It’s sparked fears there may be undetected cases lurking in the city, with investigations continuing into the source of the infection.
“Now that we’re aware that this Gold Coast case isn’t linked to the most recent cases on the Gold Coast, that means someone has been on the Gold Coast, and may still be on the Gold Coast, or elsewhere in Queensland who is positive and hasn’t been identified,” Ms D’Ath said.
“This reinforces the importance of everyone coming forward if they’ve got any symptoms, no matter how mild, and get tested”.
The worry that there may be undetected cases on the Gold Coast has prompted the Premier to again plead for locals to come forward and get tested at the first sign of any symptoms, warning testing rates here are far too low.
“While it’s encouraging that we haven’t had anymore community cases yet, we still need people on the Gold Coast to get vaccinated and get tested if you have any symptoms,” the Premier said.
Around 2,154 people on the Gold Coast came forward for testing yesterday, with just 1,563 tests conducted the day before.
Queensland has recorded no new local COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, however six interstate infections have been picked up in quarantine.
Four were detected in hotel quarantine, while two were detected in home quarantine.
The Sunshine State is continuing to power towards the 80 per cent double dose milestone, which will trigger the reopening of the borders.
Currently, 86.84 per cent of Queenslanders have had one dose, while 77.21 per cent are fully vaccinated.