New COVID-19 case in Qld linked to alleged border fraudsters

Queensland has recorded one new case of coronavirus which has been linked to a group of Queensland women now accused of lying about being in Victoria.

The 27-year-old male Bellbird Park is believed to have contracted the virus from a relative who dined at the Madtongsan IV Restaurant in Sunnybank on July 23.

That restaurant is also believed to have been attended by one of the women who tested positive after allegedly unlawfully returning to Queensland from Melbourne.


“We are fairly comfortable that that’s probably where he’s got it but we will do contact tracing for him now as to who he might have come into contact with,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young.

The man’s relative is also a staff member at Bolton Clarke Aged Care Facility in Pinjarra Hills which has been forced to implement its COVID-safe action plan.

“That is a very important, very rapid response and that aged care facility has done a very, very good job already this morning,” Dr Young said.

Queensland’s total number of cases is now at 1083 with 11 active cases, while five of those are in hospital.

A total of 9,076 tests were carried were carried out on Thursday as thousands of people queued up at fever clinics to get swabbed.

Of those tests, 2498 were carried out in the Metro South Health area which covers Logan.

Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk has thanked everyone who turned out to get tested.

“Now there will be delays, there will be queues and I ask people to be patient but this is a wonderful response, this is exactly the response that we need for people to come and get tested,” the Premier said.

“We’re not out of the woods yet, we are going to keep a very close eye on what’s happening, especially over the next few days but the response has been terrific and I want to thank all Queenslanders for doing that.

“But of course this is a very serious situation and of course over the weekend I want Queenslanders to really think about social distancing, really, really think about social distancing, keep up the good hand hygiene, it is absolutely important.”

Health Minister Steven Miles has says measures are being put in place to alleviate delays at fever clinics with reports some people waited up to seven hours to be swabbed.

“We do want to test people fast and conveniently and that’s why there were urgent meetings yesterday between Queensland Health, those health services and other health care providers and those discussions continue today, I expect they will be better today,” Mr Miles said.

“There is improved queue management processes in place but I just emphasise that there are multiple options for people to go and get tested and perhaps before they leave they should search that website and see what those options are.”

The Premier says it is now more important than ever that Queenslanders adhere to restrictions and maintain social distancing.

“Now is not the time for complacency, complacency is our enemy.

“So do the right thing and if you see someone not doing the right thing call them out, I do. So make sure that you do the right thing and we’ll get through this together”