Qld records four new local COVID cases

QUEENSLAND has recorded four new local COVID-19 cases but the Premier has declared the high number is “good news”.

Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed there were seven new cases detected in the state in the last 24 hours, four local and three in hotel quarantine.

One of the local cases was confirmed on Sunday night, a close contact of a worker at the Greek Community Centre in Brisbane.


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The second case is a child of that worker.

The third case is the partner of the case who travelled to Eumudi and the final case is also a colleague of theirs.

The Premier said all cases were confirmed to have the Alpha strain.

“We do not believe that the Delta variant is circulating in our community, which is excellent news,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“It is now two weeks since the Portuguese restaurant outbreak.

“We are feeling pretty good at where we are at the moment and we just need everyone to keep doing the right thing.”

Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said it appeared the four new cases were closely linked.

“The good news is we have found where a venue of concern is that we know that three of our cases that we were having difficulty linking all attended at the same time,” Dr Young said.

“It is the Zeus Street Greek Kitchen at Westfield Chermside.

“We are just working out all of the specifics but we think that is probably the site of transmission that this has occurred.

“At this stage, we now have 23 cases related to the Portuguese restaurant and the Greek community centre and I haven’t found the exact link yet, other than the genome sequence between those two clusters but we are just doing some more work there.

“The only other one that we need a little bit more work on is that DFO worker. They had a lot of common contacts but we’re not quite sure the exact person that they acquired the infection from.

“That is all good. That means this cluster of the Alpha variant is all coming together and we’re finding out where all the issues are. We need a bit longer to work through this, to manage all of the cases.

“I expect we will see a few more still come through which is why, until we get it totally under control, we do need to continue to wear our masks, to check in. That is so critical.”