Qld records new case of community transmission linked to cluster

Queensland has recorded just one new local COVID-19 case today, with a close contact of one of Brisbane’s existing clusters testing positive.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young confirmed the new case is a man who attended the Black Hops Brewery in Brisbane last month.

The man was placed into quarantine last Saturday after being identified as a close contact, but initially tested negative before falling ill and testing positive overnight.


“This is a gentleman who attended the Black Hops Brewery on 20 March and then was placed into quarantine on 27 March when we became aware of the outbreak,” Dr Young said.

“He tested negative on the 27 March, and then he has become unwell and has now tested positive while in quarantine.”

Dr Young said it’s “good news” as the man poses no risk to the community.

“He has been in quarantine for his entire infectious period so there is no risk here at all,” she said.

“I am very grateful for those over 2,000 people who have been in quarantine as a result of these recent two clusters.

“That has been very, very important. We never know which is the person who is going to end up infectious, but here we have one who has been in quarantine. So that’s ideal”.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath praised the number of Queenslanders who have so far come forward for testing, after more than 25,000 people were swabbed for the virus in the past 24 hours.

“Thank you to the Queenslanders who have come out and got tested… 25,837 tests in the last 24 hours,” Ms D’Ath said.

“We want to see those test numbers stay high… If you have any symptoms whatsoever, please continue to get tested over the Easter period anywhere in Queensland.”

Two historical cases, both acquired overseas, have also been added to the state’s tally today.

It takes the total number of active infections in the state to 74, after health authorities revealed 11 people in Queensland had fully recovered from the virus overnight.

Dr Young also today revealed that all staff who work with COVID positive patients will now be tested daily, following the recent COVID outbreaks linked to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.