QUEENSLAND has reported one new case of COVID-19, a man who is a return traveller in hotel quarantine.
The man, aged in his 40s, tested positive on the seventh day of his 14-day isolation period.
Health officials have said there is no risk to the community from the new case and Queensland has now reached 30 days without a case of community transmission.
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“He hasn’t been in contact with anyone out in the community,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said on Wednesday.
Dr Young said the man had recently returned from Papua New Guinea, which has recently seen a spike in COVID-19 cases.
“We know there are increasing numbers of cases in Papua New Guinea so we’re working very closely with the border force to manage our northern border that we do have with Papua New Guinea.”
There are still six active cases of COVID-19 across Queensland.
Wednesday, 19 August – coronavirus cases in Queensland:
• 1 new confirmed case (overseas acquired and currently in hotel quarantine)
• 6 active cases
• 1,092 total confirmed cases
• 747,180 tests conducted
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) August 19, 2020
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also confirmed the border bubble would be expanded for resident living around Goodiwindi, which sits on the border with New South Wales in the west of the state.
“We’ve actually expanded some of the postcodes around the Goondiwindi region,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters.
“This has been a request that has come in from the local council.
“These are very small numbers of people and, of course, it’s just to make that movement between those border communities a little bit easier.
“We are continuing to work with people when it comes to their health concerns but also when it comes to the movement of agriculture, we’ve got very strong industry plans in place there, and
these issues will be further discussed at National Cabinet on Friday.”