Gold Coasters forced into isolation after COVID-infected pair roam city

Hundreds of Gold Coasters are this morning waking up in isolation after being informed that they’re a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

Queensland Health last night issued a major public health alert for the city, with dozens of exposure sites now listed.

It includes several major shopping centres including Pacific Fair, Harbour Town, Q Super Centre and Westfield Helensvale.


At least 18 contact tracing alerts have also been issued for the Goodstart Early Learning child care centre in Parkwood.

You can see the full list of Gold Coast exposure sites here.

Anyone who visited the ‘close contact exposure sites’ during the affected times is required to get tested and remain in quarantine for 14 days.

It comes after a NSW man allegedly fled Sydney’s lockdown, despite knowing he was a close contact of a positive case, and travelled to Ballina.

He was then picked up at Ballina Airport by a Qantas flight attendant, with the man now confirmed as the missing link to the Queensland attendant’s virus infection.

The pair then spent time on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane while infectious, sparking the major public health alert which has now forced hundreds of Gold Coasters into isolation.

Queensland Health authorities are expected to provide further details surrounding the new exposure sites this morning.