Gold Coast records new unlinked COVID case, Premier warns further restrictions possible

The Gold Coast has recorded another mystery case of COVID-19.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on Thursday morning that the new case is an Uber driver in his 50’s who lives in Carrara.

There is a chance the man was infectious in the community for three days.


He is now being managed in the Gold Coast University Hospital.

The case is not linked to the other mystery case announced on Wednesday which has sparked a number of exposure sites across the city across Robina, Bundall, Nerang and Upper Coomera.

There have been no new exposure sites revealed for the latest case at this stage.

The Premier admitted the situation on the Gold Coast was worrying.

“If we see any more unlinked community transmission on the Gold Coast in the next 24 to 48 hours we may have to put in place some further restrictions,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Therefore people should consider, on public transport on the Gold Coast, they should consider wearing a mask. But also too if they’re in a crowded situation.”

The man was fully vaccinated.

The Premier has urged Gold Coasters to come forward and get tested to make sure there are no other cases in the community.

“We really need to see Gold Coast residents get vaccinated and get tested,” she said.

“I’ll be looking at the testing rates on the Gold Coast.”

Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Peter Aitken was also concerned about the new case.

“We do need to watch this really closely,” Dr Aitken said.

“We’re concerned, that’s two cases.

“Come forward and get tested so we can get on top of this quickly and early so we don’t have more cases, we don’t end up having to look at more mandatory requirements as far as mask-wearing or restrictions in the Gold Coast community

“We don’t want that.

“We want to protect you. So please get tested, get vaccinated.”

There was also another case detected in Beaudesert but the Premier said they were less of a concern.

The young teenager is a close contact of a confirmed case from the Moree cluster and was in home quarantine.

However, she did spend a couple of days infectious in the community in Warwick and half a day in Beaudesert,

“Once again, in Beaudesert and Warwick, if you have any concerns, please come forward and get tested.”