No Brisbane lockdown after doctor tests positive to COVID

The state government has resisted putting Brisbane in lockdown for now after a doctor at the PA Hospital tested positive to COVID-19.

But non-essential visits to hospitals, aged care and disability facilities across Greater Brisbane will be suspended for at least 72 hours.

Queensland Health has confirmed the doctor assessed two COVID-19 patients at the PA Hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning.


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She developed symptoms on Thursday and was tested on Friday morning where she returned a positive result.

The two patients she treated have been confirmed as having the contagious UK strain of the virus, but officials are still waiting for the results of genome sequencing for the doctor.

The doctor had not yet received her first dose of the COVID vaccine but officials say she was wearing appropriate PPE.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she doesn’t want everyone to be alarmed.

“Unlike when we had the cleaner out in the public for five days this doctor has not been in the community for a long period of time, it’s been very short and very limited in her contacts,” The Premier said.

The ban on visits to hospitals and aged care facilities covers Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Logan and Redlands.

“These are precautionary measures that we are taking now especially over the next 72 hours,” The Premier said.

“There is no need for the general public to be wearing masks. We will be assessing this over the next 72 hours to see if we have any further community spread.”

Deputy Chief Health Officer Sonya Bennett says urgent contact tracing is continuing.

“While she wasn’t symptomatic when she was working at the hospital, we still, as you know we take a period before the onset of symptoms as being potentially infectious so there will be a big exercise in contact tracing underway,” Dr Bennett said.

Officials have identified three high-risk venues in Brisbane that the doctor visited on Thursday.

These include the Morning After Cafe at West End between 2pm and 3.15pm, the Corporate Box Gym at Greenslopes between 5.45pm and 7pm and Stones Corner Hotel at Stones Corner between 7pm and 7.45pm.

The Premier says this case highlights the need to consider quarantining people in regional areas of the state.

“As we know we are getting a lot of people that are testing positive coming in from high-risk countries at the moment and I think we’ve seen something like 40 in the last fortnight.

“This is once again why I keep talking about regional quarantine, out of the cities as a possible solution to this.”

Queensland currently has 42 active cases in the state with a further three cases recorded in hotel quarantine overnight.

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So why no lockdown this time Annie???

Spoke too soon.
Red zones to be introduced in NSW for Queensland travel.
Here we go!