QUEENSLAND has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, as early testing indicates the latest outbreak may be connected to one of the two Logan women who allegedly lied about travelling to Melbourne earlier this year.
More than 8,000 tests were carried out across the state yesterday as health officials try desperately to get the upper hand on the growing outbreak at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre.
There are still ten cases linked to the outbreak, five staff from the facility and five close contacts.
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Queensland Health continues to exapnd the list of venues visited by the infected group, prompting lengthy lines at COVID-19 testing centres across the south-east and south-west.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk apologised to all of those who suffered through lengthy deldays, some as long as 4.5 hours.
“I thank you for your patience, but it is very important during this time if you have any symptoms whatsoever to get tested,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Our testing turn around is around 30 hours and that is because of the large volumes this we are seeing, but it is wonderful news that we have had zero overnight cases.”
Deputy Premier and Health Minister, Steven Miles, confirmed early genomic testing indicated there could be a link between the latest outbreak and the two Logan woman who allegedly travelled illegally to Melbourne back in July, bringing the virus back into the state.
“Those early results indicate that the first case of the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre cluster had the same strain of kind as one of the women who travelled to Melbourne, as well as the diner at
the restaurant thought to have acquired it from that person,” Minister Miles said.
“That doesn’t prove the theory they are related.. but.. it doesn’t disapprove the theory either.
“that strain, the B1125 strain is the most commonly strain most currently circulating in Victoria, therefore there could be other sources of that strain here.
“Further genomic testing will, though, be able to confirm if the two are indeed linked.”
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young admitted there was still a lot of work to do to determine not only where the virus originated but also how it spread between the two groups.
“I need more information, which is being done over the next 24-48 hours to be able to prove it,” Dr Young said.
“At this estimate, it does look like they could be linked. But, we don’t have the case between the two clusters. There is a missing link between the two.
“That is why we do our absolute best to find every single case because the cases that with don’t find are the ones that can lead to changes of transmission. If we don’t find them and then can’t get on top of them and manage them.
“We will need to continue those testing levels for the next week to just make sure that there is not a case that we have missed,” she said.