One new virus case in Qld as child tests positive in quarantine

Queensland has recorded no new local cases of coronavirus overnight, however one person has tested positive in hotel quarantine.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said the new case is a child, who had recently returned from South Africa.

The youngster remains in hospital with their parents, who are also COVID-19 positive.


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The State’s top doctor has also revealed some good news for those caught up in Brisbane’s Grand Chancellor hotel quarantine outbreak.

From 6.00pm tonight, guests who had already completed their 14-days hotel quarantine before being transferred to another hotel will be allowed to leave.

“We are now Day 14 since I believe that incident happened at the Grand Chancellor that led to those infections in the hotel, and we haven’t had any additional cases other than those 6 that we have told you about before,” Dr Young said.

“So that means at 6pm tonight, those guests who were transferred from the Grand Chancellor to the Western will be able to leave quarantine”.

The hotel staff and police will also be able to leave quarantine, however members of the public who came into contact with the cleaner of the hotel and her partner will still need to isolate for 14 days since they crossed paths.

Dr Young said all guests being allowed out today have been tested and returned negative results.

I believe, due to very quick work by a lot of people, there is every chance we have contained this UK strain cluster… It’s a little bit too early to say,” Dr Young said.

We’ve still got to wait for that 14 days from when people had contact in the community before we can be certain, but it is looking promising.

“But I still ask anyone with any symptoms, anywhere in the state, at all, please, just come forward and get tested,” Dr Young added.

It comes after fragments of COVID-19 were detected in wastewater at seven different treatment plants in South East Queensland this week, including Pimpama and Coomera on the Gold Coast.

“This does not mean we have new cases of COVID-19 in these communities, but we are treating these detections with absolute caution, especially considering the Hotel Grand Chancellor cluster,” Dr Young said.

“A positive sewage result means that someone who has been infected was shedding the virus. Infected people can shed viral fragments and that shedding can happen for several weeks after the person is no longer infectious.”

There are 29 COVID-19 cases still considered active in the state.

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Politicians have not had the guts to deal with the virus, but Emirates airlines have!
Just need the rest to ban flights into Eastern Australia and surprise end of transmission and lockdowns.
WA who cares!
Open back up when vaccine available.