Queensland records one new case of COVID-19

QUEENSLAND has recorded one new case of COVID-19.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the case was of no concern to the state as the person is a returned traveller who is in hotel quarantine.

There are only two active cases in Queensland.


Meanwhile, scientists are going through genomic sequencing to compare wastewater samples from Townsville, where parts of the virus were found last week, with a swab from the a woman who contracted the virus while in Melbourne.

The Townsville woman travelled to Melbourne on October 7 and tested positive a few days later.

Queensland Health authorities believe it’s likely she contracted the virus in Victoria but have issued a health alert for several locations in Townsville, Cairns and Brisbane where she visited in the two weeks leading up to her diagnosis just to be safe.

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Minister Miles was hopeful Queensland would be in the clear.

“It will take some time to do the genomic sequencing of both the wastewater and her blood samples,” he said.

“We’ll await those results.

“We have taken the most cautious approach .. there’s no need for anyone to be panicked at all.”

The Deputy Premier also confirmed they are still monitoring the growing number of cases in new South Wales, as the Queensland Government remains silent about whether or not the border will re-open to our southern neighbour.

37 cases of community transmission have been reported in the state in the last week, up from just one the week before.

“Their Premier, I saw, indicated that they felt they may be on the cusp of another outbreak not unlike the one they saw after the Crossroads Hotel case,” Minister Miles said.

“We’ll continue to monitor the situation in NSW very, very closely on a day-to-day basis.”