One new virus case in Qld as authorities monitor cargo ship

Queensland has recorded one new case of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

However authorities are not too concerned, as the case is a returned overseas traveller who remains in hotel quarantine.

There are now five cases still considered active in the state, with one of those in quarantine on the Gold Coast.


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It comes as Queensland Health prepare to test 19 crew members from a cargo ship anchored off the Sunshine Coast.

There’s fears the crew could be carrying a strain of coronavirus not seen in Australia before.

However, Health Minister Steven Miles said authorities are well equipped to deal with the possibility there may be further positive cases.

“We’re testing others on the ship…. There are well established protocols, we have had many of these now, freight ships off the coast where there have been positive tests and our health services have done a really good job of managing that.”

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Minister Miles also said it’s not uncommon for the virus to mutate into different strains.

“Up until now the strain variation has been used to identify linking cases and so that’s one way that it’s useful, but it’s not unusual for a virus like this to mutate into different strains”.

Queensland authorities were first alerted after an engineer on board the ship tested positive off New Zealand last week.

The ship is currently anchored off Mooloolaba after being blocked from docking in Brisbane until officials give it the all clear.

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