Qld records two new COVID cases, infected Victorian nabbed trying to sneak into the state

There have been another two cases of COVID-19 detected in Queensland, as the cluster in the south east continues to expand.

The first case is a 37-year-old male nurse who works in the COVID ward at Ipswich Hospital, where there have been positive cases.

Health Minister Steven Miles said the man was displaying abnormal symptoms.


“He identified he had abdominal pain, not normally considered a symptom of COVID-19,” Mr Miles said.

“But he was incredibly wise and he identified that that was a symptom that could be from COVID-19. He went and got tested and that test came back positive.

“This underlines how we can all do the right thing by monitoring our health and if we have any symptoms at all that are of any cause for concern, we can go and get tested so we thank him very much for that.”

The second case is an 18-year-old male student from Staines Memorial College at Redbank Plains, the second confirmed case at the school.

“This college is closed at the moment and, of course, we are in the process of testing all of the students,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“There’s about 600 students that attend that college and we are working through with the parents and staff to make sure everyone out there is being tested.”

There are now 28 active cases in the state.

Queensland Police have also apprehended a man, who has tested positive to the virus, trying to come into the state from Victoria.

It’s understood the 48-year-old man flew into Brisbane from Melbourne yesterday morning on Jetstar flights JQ560. Contact tracing is now underway for anyone else who was on that flight.

Minister Miles said the man had tested positive in Victoria some time ago and authorities there had been trying to locate him.

He is now in quarantine here in Queensland while authorities in both Queensland and Victoria investigate whether he has committed any crimes.

The Premier praised officers for apprehending the man before he was able to get out into the community.

“This is great work from the police that have been able to apprehend this man, who was trying to get into Queensland illegally,” the Premier said.

“Imagine if that person had got out into our community,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“My hat goes off to all of the police who are working on our borders right across our state.

“This goes to show how strong our border measures are and the fact that they are working.”

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski is expected to provide more details in a press conference later this morning.