Gold Coast escapes lockdown as Qld records two new local COVID-19 cases

The Gold Coast has avoided being placed into lockdown for now, with Queensland recording two new local COVID-19 cases today.

The State’s top doctor said the two new infections detected overnight are linked to the cluster involving a nurse at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, who tested positive on Monday after attending a hen’s party in Byron Bay at the weekend.

One is another nurse at the hospital who had received her first dose of the vaccine, while the second case is her housemate.


“So I already have the genome sequence back for one of those two cases and it is exactly the same as the genome sequences for that second cluster related to the nurse and her friends who were in that party who went down to Byron Bay… So that’s a linked case” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

“We’re now working through whether this second nurse in that cluster acquired it on the ward. She does work on the ward and she was tested as part of the asymptomatic screening testing process for that ward and was found to be positive.

“She has since developed some symptoms, but she was part of that testing. So we just need to work out how she got it on that ward. She had been vaccinated prior to working that shift.”

The cluster linked to the nurse now stands at 11 cases, while another cluster linked to a doctor at the same hospital stands at eight cases.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said while today’s news is encouraging, the next 24 hours will be extremely critical.

“What is really important over the next 24 hours is simply this – if you are sick, have any symptoms, go and get a test… That is absolutely critical that we do that over the next 24 hours,” the Premier said.

“Absolutely critical that we rule out any unlinked community transmission of COVID in our community. The signs are very encouraging and I want to thank everybody involved in this… Our contact tracers are first class and are working around the clock.”

Ms Palaszczuk also praised Queenslanders, after more than 33,000 people came forward for testing in the past 24 hours.

“This is fantastic news that over the past 24 hours, there have been 33,408 tests. That is a massive, massive number. I think that’s probably our highest,” the Premier said.

“I do want to thank Queenslanders for coming out and doing that. So if we see the same number of test results tomorrow, this is very, very encouraging news.

“The fact that we do not have any unlinked community transmission in the south-east or in our state is absolutely encouraging news.

“We are doing a great job and together we will get through this”.

Greater Brisbane will find out at 9am on Thursday whether or not the lockdown will be extended over the Easter period.

“Look, what I say to the public is this is very encouraging and we’ll be providing you with an update again tomorrow at 9:00am, and fingered crossed, all will be looking good for Easter,” Dr Young said.

“But like I said, it depends on the testing rates again. So if we see very good testing rates across Queensland and we don’t see any unlinked community transmission, the signs for Easter are looking positive.

Another returned traveller also tested positive while in hotel quarantine overnight.

It takes the total number of active COVID-19 cases currently being treated in Queensland hospitals to 71.