Two new cases of COVID-19 in Queensland, including one acquired locally, a day after the Brisbane lockdown ended

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Queensland has recorded a new case of COVID-19 emerging from community transmission, as residents of Brisbane and Moreton Bay enjoy their first full day of freedom after the lockdown is lifted at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Another case acquired abroad was detected in quarantine in a hotel.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said there are now 46 active COVID-19 infections in the state and more than 14,000 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the past 24 hours.

After the lockdown, the prime minister said, it was “excellent news”.

Restrictions, including compulsory mask wear, will remain in place in several local government areas in Queensland until July 16.

Chief health officer Jeannette Young said one of the new cases was an overseas traveler returning to quarantine at the hotel.

“The second… entered home quarantine on July 2 because he was a close contact with the Greek community center,” Dr Young said.

“So now they’ve been admitted to the hospital. There’s another person of interest I’m doing further testing on, another close contact from the Greek community center.

“At the end of the day, that’s good. These are alpha cases, we know they are directly linked to the epidemic that we have going on.”

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Dr Young also revealed that the case of a man in his 50s from Carindale who works as a porter at Brisbane domestic airport, as of yesterday’s Covid-19 update, was a false positive.

“They tested 700 people through these two airports and one person who tested positive,” she said.

“We did repeat testing, multiple repeat testing on different platforms and it confirmed that it was a false positive… So this person was not a case, which is great.”

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said 4,330 people were now “required by law to self-quarantine at home”.

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“We want to thank you, just like we did last year, when we had tens of thousands of people who had to be quarantined in their homes for 14 days, which we know didn’t is not easy, ”Ms. D’Ath said.

She recalled that it will become mandatory to register in all companies via the Queensland Check In app from this Friday.

“Get this QR code outside of your business and also make sure that someone is verifying that people have actually checked in before walking around your supermarket, restaurant, cafe, business,” Ms. D’Ath said. .

Two hospital employees, two distinct clusters

Dr Young said she was delighted but not necessarily surprised that she hadn’t seen more cases during the recent outbreaks.

“It’s really good to see all these Delta variants that I was very worried about, all of them seem at this point, they’ve been dealt with and we’ve had so much testing, I would have thought we would have found more cases.” , she said.

Dr Young said genomic sequencing confirmed that a woman in her 50s from Everton Park who works at Prince Charles Hospital, included in yesterday’s COVID-19 case tally, has the Alpha variant.

She said the woman was linked to the cluster of the Greek club and the Portuguese family center.

“We have ongoing cases of this Portuguese restaurant outbreak which is now spreading to the Greek community center.

“They don’t have the Delta variant tied to the receptionist who worked outside the COVID department [in the Prince Charles Hospital].

“So there is another case that has happened in the community and we need to determine how this worker got it.”

Football stadiums “safer” than indoor stadiums

Dr. Young upheld his decision to allow a full capacity crowd during the NRL game between the Broncos and Sharks at Lang Park on Sunday afternoon.

“The stadiums have actually been one of the best responses from the start [of the pandemic]” she said.

“They not only have tickets and know where all these people are coming from, but they absolutely made sure everyone is using the incoming QR code.”

“Also, we haven’t seen any outbreaks in any of our stadiums. If you think about it, we’ve had positive cases all over Australia present in stadiums and then they haven’t seen any outbreaks. “

“Because people, when they go into a stadium – and I know they do – they’re going to sit in their place and then they’re not going to move around with the other people around the stadium. They stay in their zone.

“I’m as comfortable as possible that they aren’t riskier – in fact, I think more secure than a lot of our indoor sites.”

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