Queensland has recorded another three locally acquired case of COVID-19, linked to the flight attendant who was infected in a Brisbane quarantine hotel.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles confirmed on Thursday, the three are linked to the Portuguese Family Centre, which was attended by the woman on Saturday.
It comes after the President of the centre told the media earlier on Thursday he was advised on Wednesday night by a doctor at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital that he was positive.
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He said his first test was negative but four days later he started to develop symptoms and was taken to hospital and tested again, eventually returning the positive result.
The other two cases reported this morning are close contacts of his.
The latest cases now take the cluster in Brisbane to five, with another man who was at the centre also testing positive earlier this week.
Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said she was not overly concerned by the latest cases.
“They went back into hotel quarantine so they’ve been there their entire infectious period,” Dr Young said.
“So I’m not concerned that any of the three cases are a risk to the Queensland community.
“We now do have everyone in quarantine that we believe was at risk.”
The Deputy Premier said officials were continuing to keep a close eye on the unfolding situation in Sydney, describing the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant as ‘concerning’.
“What we’ve seen with some of the cases there is that it is highly, highly infectious. Fleeting contacts of 5-10 seconds can result in infection. It means that you only have to be in the same breathing space as someone with this variant to risk contracting it,” Mr Miles said.
“This outbreak really could test all of our systems, everything that we have developed over this pandemic.
“So, it’s incredibly important that we get this right.”
He has urged Queenslanders not to travel anywhere in New South Wales, despite the cluster being centred in Sydney at this stage, admitting the current border restrictions could be broadened at a later stage.