Qld records 20 new cases, Omicron confirmed on Gold Coast

Queensland has recorded 20 new cases of COVID-19 including 16 that have been infectious in the community.

Officials have also confirmed two new cases of the Omicron strain have been detected in Queensland including one on the Gold Coast, both linked to the outbreak in Newcastle.

There are now five confirmed cases of Omicron in the state.


Nine of today’s new cases were locally acquired while seven were acquired interstate.

The remaining four cases were detected in hotel quarantine and were overseas acquired.

Two of the new cases are on the Gold Coast, five in Brisbane north, eight in Brisbane south, one in West Moreton, two on the Sunshine Coast, and two in Cairns.

“What this shows is this virus is spreading across Queensland, with thousands and thousands of people moving around this state over Christmas,” Health Minister Yvette D’ath said.

It comes as the state government confirmed mask-wearing rules would return from 1am on Saturday.

Masks will be compulsory in retail settings, aged care facilities, hospitals, public transport, taxis, and rideshares.

Read more: Queensland’s mask restrictions are coming back

More than 14,000 tests were conducted across Queensland on Thursday while 19,479 vaccinations were administered.

In the last 24 hours Police have checked almost 4000 passengers on 86 flights that have arrived in Queensland.

Of those, 21 were refused entry into the state, and 86 were forced into hotel quarantine.

The majority of those sent to hotel quarantine had arrived in Queensland before receiving a negative PCR test.

“What we’re finding with respect to those 86 in the last 24 hours people are still waiting for their PCR test from interstate. So rather than turning those people around, we’ve just put them into quarantine until those tests come through,” Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said.

At the road borders, 31,598  have been intercepted in the last 24 hours.

Police have confirmed they have turned around 126 vehicles since borders reopened on Monday.

Officers have also intercepted 1495 heavy vehicles, turning around 19 of those.

By 10am, Police had already attended eight businesses after vaccine mandates came into force on Friday morning.

Commissioner Carroll has warned that businesses who had publicly declared they would ignore the new rules will be checked by Police.

“It’s disappointing that people have done that, but they have given police very good intelligence, so they will definitely be getting a visit.”

More to come.