Queensland has recorded one new local case of COVID-19, linked to a flight attendant in Brisbane.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Tuesday the case dined at the Portuguese restaurant in Ellen Grove at the same time as the woman on Saturday.
The man, aged in his 60’s, has been in quarantine since finding out about the positive case on Sunday.
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Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said contact tracing was underway.
“We are just confirming with him whether or not he went out and about on that Sunday morning,” Dr Young said.
“All of the 36 people who attended the restaurant during the timeframe when the lady from Portugal are in home quarantine, so we will continue to assess them and test them going forward for the 14 days.”
Further investigations into the transmission of the virus have revealed a staff member at the Four Points quarantine hotel in Brisbane may be the missing link.
Dr Young said the worker escorted the original positive case, a man from Mongolia, from his room to an ambulance and then swabbed the flight attendant from Portugal in her room.
“So, we are thinking – but we really need to do further investigation – that through a transmission process, that staff member has transferred the virus from the gentleman,” Dr Young said.
Both the man from Mongolia and the staff member were fully vaccinated.
The Premier said the discovery showed there is always a risk with hotel quarantine.
“Once again, we need to be very careful about what is happening in hotel quarantine.
“Our hotels were not meant to be the last line of defence for this type of infectious disease.
“I think we are going to continue to see this across Australia, and it is a real concern because, as we have seen, it gets out into the community and that means that we are doing all of the contact tracing and following up with that.
Meanwhile, border restrictions with Greater Melbourne will be lifted at 1am on Friday.
“That is great news for people there,” Premier Palaszczuk said.
“I know there is a lot of people that would have had their holidays booked to Queensland, so Doctor Young is comfortable with the
way Victoria is at.”
Officials are continuing to keep a close eye on the unfolding situation in NSW as the cluster in Sydney’s eastern suburbs continues to grow.,
“If you are from Queensland, it is probably best not to travel to NSW at this time,” the Premier said.