“It is concerning” Health alert after Qld records new case of community transmission

Queensland has recorded one new locally transmitted case of COVID-19 today, with the source of the infection currently unknown.

The new case is a 26-year-old man from Stafford in Brisbane who tested positive to the virus yesterday, but has been infectious in the community since last Friday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said as a result of the new case, aged care and disability centres, hospitals, and correctional centres in the Brisbane and Moreton City Council areas will be closed to visitors from midday today.


While the Premier said there is “no need for alarm”, there are fears the young man may have come into contact with a large number of people while infectious.

A health alert has now been issued for several locations the man visited, which have been listed below.

  • Carindale Shopping Centre from 11am on March 20
  • The fresh food market stall at Gasworks, Newstead on March 21
  • Mamma’s Italian Restaurant at Redcliffe on March 21 at 12.20pm
  • The Guzman y Gomez drive-through at Stafford on March 22 at 12.30pm
  • Bunnings at Stafford on March 22 at 1pm
  • Aldi at Stafford on March 22

Anyone who was in Fortitude Valley over the weekend is also being urged to monitor for symptoms of the virus.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young praised the actions of the young man, who she said stayed home after first experiencing symptoms on Monday.

“Please stay home if you are sick, as this gentleman once he became unwell… He stayed home, he has been fantastic,” Dr Young said.

Dr Young said it is extremely important people continue to social distance and follow the rules, with genomic sequencing still underway to work out where the man may have picked up the virus.

“He is a young man who has been out and about in his normal life so, yes, I am sure he has had contact with a lot of people,” she said.

That is why it is really important for everyone if you have any symptoms, come forward and get tested.

“I don’t know where he has got it from and that person he has got it from could also be out and about in the community spreading the infection.

“We will be getting the genomic sequencing results later today or early tomorrow and that will assist us in working that out”.

Dr Young admitted the new case is “concerning” and said it proves why we can’t become complacent.

“The most important thing is that everyone, we’re not out of this pandemic, it is so important that if you have any symptoms at all, come forward and get tested like this man has done,” she said.

“That is really, really important. We did just have an outbreak over the last couple of weeks in South Brisbane. So there is a chance it is linked to that. We won’t know until we get the result.”

Another six new cases were also detected in returned travellers in hotel quarantine in the past 24 hours.

Three of those are from Papua New Guinea, while one is from Ethiopia.

There’s now 69 active COVID-19 cases in the state.