No new Gold Coast cases but officials remain ‘worried’

No new local cases of COVID-19 have been recorded on the Gold Coast  but we’re being warned the city is not out of the woods yet.

Two local cases were recorded in Goondiwindi but both are household contacts of a known case and are not considered a risk.

The child under 10 and the teenage girl were both already in home quarantine.


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Two cases were also detected in hotel quarantine.

Almost 9500 tests were carried out across the state on Thursday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says officials are yet to identify the source of the two cases on the Gold Coast that emerged this week.

“We are still concerned about the Gold Coast. The two cases we have on the Gold Coast, they are clustering together so we do need to find out that link and we do need to make sure people are getting tested and getting vaccinated,” The Premier said.

“If you live on the Gold Coast let me make it very clear –  we need to make sure that we do not have community transmission. So we need people to get tested and if you are asked to home quarantine we need you to follow the directions from Queensland Health.

Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken has ruled out any further restrictions on the Gold Coast for now.

“Really at this stage we are not going to do anything more as far as restrictions for the Gold Coast community but we are worried because Schoolies is coming up,” Dr Aitken said.

The Premier says they will continue to monitor the situation closely in the lead-up to Schoolies with a cloud now hanging over the event.

“We don’t want to cancel Schoolies. I want Schoolies to go ahead, but it’s going to depend on what happens over the next seven days.

“But what is good news is that we have large numbers of people who are vaccinated on the Gold Coast but I want to see more.”

The COVID scare on the Gold Coast and the announcement of tough restrictions for the unvaccinated has seen a surge in people getting the jab.

Queensland Health administered 17,509 vaccines on Thursday, the best daily figure in about two weeks.

The state is now sitting at 80.55 per cent first dose and 68.84 per cent second dose.

Queensland is expected to reach the 70 per cent double-dose mark on either Sunday or Monday which will trigger the first changes to border arrangements.