Brisbane hotel worker’s partner only new local case in Qld, Victorians no longer required to get COVID test

QUEENSLAND has only recorded one new local case of COVID-19, the partner of the Brisbane quarantine worker that was confirmed late on Monday.

His case was included in today’s official numbers along with two other cases in hotel quarantine.

They were a father and daughter who had recently returned from Lebanon and tested positive on their 10th day in quarantine.


There are still 28 active cases in the state.

“That is fantastic news,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“I do want to thank everybody for doing the right thing.”

There are still public health alerts in place for two sites in Brisbane following the latest case as there are concerns he may have been infectious in the community before going into isolation on January 7.

The alerts are for the Bunnings Warehouse in Acacia Ridge from 2-2.40pm on January 5 and Sunnybank Cellars in Sunnybank Hills from 2.05-2.15pm on January 6.

Anyone who visited those sites is being urged to come forward and get tested.

Genomic sequencing is still underway to determine whether the man has also contracted the highly contagious UK strain of the virus.

The Chief Health Officer also confirmed Victorians who travel to Queensland are no longer required to get tested unless they have symptoms after Victoria recorded six days with zero local cases.

“We were requiring them to be tested when they came into Queensland and isolate until they had a negative result,” Dr Jeanette Young said.

“We now only require them to get if they have any symptoms.

“We’ve done a risk assessment of Victoria and given the reduction in risk.

“Victorians can still come into Queensland as they have been able to all along, but they only need to get test if they have any symptoms – no matter how mild.”

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Didn’t the new strain come from a Victorian in so called quarantine?
So don’t bother testing anymore as its here now, should be the message!