One new COVID case in Qld, concerns about positive sewage tests in Townsville

QUEENSLAND has recorded another day of no community transmission of COVID-19 with just one case reported in hotel quarantine.

The patient is a man in his 20’s who had recently returned from the Phillipines and tested positive on the 10th day of his stay in hotel quarantine.

It leaves four active cases in Queensland, three of those are in hospital.


Deputy Premier Steven Miles admitted they were concerned about some positive test results in the wastewater system in Townsville.

“We will be working with the Townsville Hospital and Health Service to increase our testing rate there try to work out if there is a case or cases in or around Townsville that we are unaware of, and that have been picked up in that wastewater testing,” Mr Miles said.

“It underlines just how valuable that wastewater testing is proving to be, and a new technology but very, very valuable in our effort to monitor any potential, any potential unknown community transmission.”

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said there have been no cases on COVID recorded in Townsville for several months.

“My first theory is that someone in the community ahs COVID-19 and they’re shedding the virus,” Dr Young said.

We do know that 20 per cent of people can shed the virus and have absolutely no symptoms.

I hope that theory is wrong but that’s the one that we have to go with.

Dr Young said there also could have been ship off shore that released sewerage, someone that may have travelled through the area, including a freight worker or someone recently released from hotel quarantine someone has travelled through Townsville, who may have had it and recovered.

The Deputy Premier also backtracked on his comments yesterday claiming that New South Wales had “given up” on trying to reach 28 days without any cases of community transmission as the border stoush continues to unfold.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the idea that the state had stopped trying was “really offensive”.

“I note that yesterday the Premier of New South Wales expressed disappointment in my remarks that they had given up on the effort of achieving 28 days of unknown community transmission,” Mr Miles told reporters on Saturday.

“Frankly when she said she thought that was unattainable, when she said that she thought that was impossible, I took that to mean that they were not aiming for it.”

Mr Miles also backed up Queensland’s response to exemption rules following several high profile cases in recent months, including one involving a Logan man who recently underwent brain surgery.

“There are many being actively considered each and every day and they are considered by the right people, the Chief Health Officer who is a doctor, and by her team of clinicians to consider all of these matters,” Mr Miles said.

“I want to say, for the record, but I trust her and her team to make the right decision in all of these circumstances.

“I am a bit sick and tired frankly of people trying to use individual stories, individual distress of people to try to criticise the restrictions that have kept Queenslanders safe.

“No matter who you are, whether you are Scott Morrison, the LNP, Clive Palmer, we’re not going to be bullied.

“We’re going to stick to our guns, we’re going to stay strong and keep Queenslanders safe, we’re going to keep doing what we have done because it has been just so successful.”