Gold Coast COVID case “unlikely” to be Omicron strain

The Queensland Premier has said it is “unlikely” the Gold Coast’s newest COVID-19 case is the Omicron variant.

Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed the man was infectious in the community for three days and is fully vaccinated.

Exposure sites have already been listed for Robina Town Centre and the Old Fernvale Bakery in Fernvale across Friday and Saturday.


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“This case is unlikely to be the Omicron variant although further testing is underway,” Ms Palaszczuk told parliament on Thursday.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said exactly how the man acquired the virus is still being determined.

“Genomic sequencing is underway but the preliminary advice is this is likely to be a Delta case,” Minister D’Ath told parliament.

“Our public health authorities are investigating whether this case is somehow linked to the previous cases we’ve seen in the Gold Coast recently or a new outbreak.

“Either way it could indicate that we have had undetected community transmission in and around the Gold Coast for some time.

“This is a wake up call to all of Queensland but most particularly, the Gold Coast.”

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The Premier once again urged Gold Coasters to come forward to get tested, with the region’s vaccination rate falling behind other areas in the state.

“The Gold Coast is a tourism centre and I need to see the vaccination rates higher,” she said.

The state’s vaccination rate is now sitting at 86.65 per cent first dose and 76.8 per cent double dose.

Two other cases were also detected in hotel quarantine, both in interstate travellers, taking the total number of active cases in the state to 18.