No new local cases, more details revealed over Gold Coast infection

There have been no new local cases diagnosed in Queensland overnight, despite a 17-year-old Gold Coaster testing positive yesterday.

Authorities say the teenager is now in hospital receiving treatment and was infected by a close contact that had visited from northern New South Wales.

“He had a family member visit from northern New South Wales, from Tweed, and stay with them for three days, the 18th, 19th and 20th of October.


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“Then that person, when they went back to New South Wales, tested positive. So that’s clearly where he (the 17-year-old) acquired it.

“That person who visited from New South Wales didn’t go out and about in the community other than catch the 700 bus on a couple of days on the 19th and 20th of October,” Doctor Young said.

However, authorities appear pretty confident that the virus hasn’t been able to spread too far around the Gold Coast.

“We have had a few cases down on the Gold Coast now, but thanks to those people who live down in that Gold Coast area and have been coming out over the last week,” Doctor Young said.

“Bu I feel fairly comfortable that given that amount of testing and the fact that these cases have had very little exposure out in the community, we should be OK going forward.”

Meantime, Police have provided an update into the ongoing investigation of the 36-year-old Broadbeach man.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says they’re still waiting for ‘medical clearance’ to be able to speak to him.

“Our investigation is at a point where the next thing to do is interview him, and we are simply waiting for health clearance though, to do that.

“Once we’re able to speak to him safely, we’ll be able to do that,” Deputy Police Commissioner Gollschewski said.

There was just one new case diagnosed in Queensland overnight, in an overseas traveller who’s already in hotel quarantine.

That’s from 10,103 tests over the last 24 hours.