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