QUEENSLAND has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 after an infected woman spent time in the community in Brisbane.
The woman, who arrived on a flight from Portugal just over two weeks ago, was confirmed to have the virus on Saturday night, just hours after being released from hotel quarantine.
She had spent the day out in the community, visiting Brisbane Airport DFO between 4 pm-4.30 pm, Brisbane CBD between 5 pm and 6 pm, and at the Portuguese Family Centre at Ellen Grove between 7 pm to 7.50 pm.
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Queensland Health confirmed on Sunday night the woman did not have the highly contagious Delta variant, as initially feared.
On Monday morning, Chief Health Officer Doctor Jeanette Young said further testing had revealed she caught the virus from another traveller in hotel quarantine.
It is still unclear how the transmission occurred within the hotel, as they were staying on different floors.
“The good thing is we know the lady, who came from Portugal, has the B 11-7, which used to be called the UK variant,” Dr Young told reporters.
“So it is contagious, but not as contagious as the Delta variant that we’re now seeing circulate through parts of Sydney.”
Dr Young said they are less concerned about the spread of the virus, given it is not the Delta strain, but are still urging anyone who was at the DFO on Saturday afternoon to keep an eye out for symptoms.
“We know the lady went into Cotton On at the DFO,” Dr Young said.
“We will look at anyone else in Cotton On at the same time at the DFO at the airport.
“It is important anyone who went to the DFO between 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm on Saturday comes forward as people have been, so we can work with them, what risks they may have.
“I’m not so concerned now about the time that the lady spent outdoors in the centre of the CBD, between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. That’s now less of a risk, given that we know which variant
“But people need to be attuned to any symptoms.”