One new local case as Health Minister hits back at Gold Coast border breacher

Queensland has recorded one new local COVID-19 case today, with another person testing positive in the border town of Goondiwindi.

The new infection is a woman in her 20s, who is a close contact of an existing case.

It takes the total number of people who have tested positive to the virus in Goondiwindi this week to four, with the cluster linked back to an outbreak in Moree in northern NSW.


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Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Peter Aitken said the woman returned the positive result in home quarantine but could have been infectious in the community for one day.

“She has been in home quarantine… Likely to have been potentially infectious in the community for one day but the interviews are happening this morning and we will get more detail on that today,” Dr Aitken said.

“She is in the process of being transferred to the Gold Coast Hospital and that is consistent with our current practice of moving cases to designated COVID hospitals,” he added.

Meantime, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has confirmed authorities are also looking into another case.

A woman, also in her 20s, travelled from Cairns to the Northern Territory where she has now tested positive.

It is not yet known whether the woman was infectious while in Queensland.

Ms D’Ath said investigations are ongoing.

“It has not been confirmed at this stage that she was infectious while in Queensland,” she said.

“Of course we will be in close contact with health officials in the Northern Territory so that if any information does come forward that this person was positive on the flight or while in Cairns we will certainly be listing any exposure sites.

“But, again, whether you live in Cairns, Goondiwindi, or anywhere else in Queensland, we just remind people that this virus is close on our doorstep and it could arrive at any time and we need to make sure we continue to come out and get tested and we know the best thing all of us can be doing is getting vaccinated”.

Currently, 79.06 per cent of Queenslanders have received their first dose, while 66.33 per cent are fully vaccinated.

It comes as the Health Minister today hit back at the Gold Coast man who illegally crossed the border, bringing the virus into the state.

Duran Raman has now been released from hospital and has taken a swipe at the State Government, claiming they “exaggerated” his condition.

Ms D’Ath told reporters on Saturday that’s not the case, defending the state’s handling of the situation.

“He was unwell… that’s why he turned up at the emergency department at the time, because he was short of breath and he did need to go on oxygen.

“But at the end of the day, he can explain his circumstances himself, but he had COVID, he was positive, he was in the community, and we did what we needed to do to protect the community”.

The 36-year-old has since apologised for his actions, telling Nine News that he wants to become Queensland’s “public friend number one”.

Ms D’Ath said she believes there is one simple thing he could do to achieve that.

“He should stand up and say everyone should get vaccinated immediately, and I hope he’s in line to get a vaccination if he hasn’t already got one.”