Queensland has recorded three new local cases of COVID-19 but officials say all are “low risk”.
One of the new cases is the brother of an unvaccinated 19-year-old woman who worked as a receptionist outside the COVID ward of Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane’s north.
He was infectious from June 26 but had also travelled with the woman and other family members to North Queensland.
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Genome sequencing is underway but it was confirmed on Tuesday that the woman had the highly infectious Delta strain.
The second new case is a close contact of the Portuguese restaurant cluster but was already in quarantine.
The third local case is a colleague of the infected Virgin Australia flight attendant who was also already in quarantine.
“We are considering these low risk. So this is very good news but it does give our health officials the time they need to do the contact tracing which is wonderful news,” Premier Annastacia Palszczuk said.
Almost 18,500 tests were carried out across the state on Tuesday.
The Premier has urged people to ensure they wear masks, highlighting the Gold Coast as one area where people have been flouting the rules.
“It’s mandatory. So, please make sure that you are doing that. Unless of course, you are just exercising by yourself.”
Meantime, Queensland Health has updated the list of exposure sites on the Gold Coast, adjusting the times of locations in Broadbeach that have been affected.
But officials have still been unable to explain why two stores in Broadbeach have been classified as high-risk sites given there are no community cases on the Gold Coast.
myGC understands the stores were visited by a close contact of a known case.
Health Minister Yvette D’ath has refused to confirm that but insists the Gold Coast needs to be included in the lockdown.
“We’re still working all those out, this is why lockdowns are so important,” Ms D’Ath told 1029 Hot Tomato’s Galey, Emily Jade and Christo this morning.
“It allows everyone to just stay where they are while the contact tracers find all those close and casual contacts, making sure they get tested and finding out whether they’re positive or not.”
Ms D’ath also cited the Virgin Australia flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast after a flight attendant tested positive on Saturday.
“We just don’t want to take the risk, we know that if we do this – we do it quickly, we go hard – then we’ve got much more of a chance of containing this.
Dozens more exposure sites across other parts of Queensland have also been added to the list.
They include a number of stores at Westfield Chermside after an infected shopper visited the centre on Monday.