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Delta variant ruled out as Queensland investigates source of new community COVID-19 case

Queensland has recorded one new local COVID-19 case, with officials urging those who have visited potential exposure sites to immediately self-isolate. 

The international flight crew member, aged in her 30s, arrived in Brisbane on an Emirates flight on 5 June.

The state’s chief health officer, Dr Jeannette Young, said she tested positive after leaving hotel quarantine and taking a routine test on day 14. 

Dr Young was initially concerned that the woman had contact with the highly infectious Delta variant, but genome sequencing later on Sunday revealed she had not caught that strain.

Queensland Health is still investigating the exact variant, and the source of the case. 

“It’s good news the case isn’t the highly transmissible Delta variant, but we do still need to take every precaution,” Dr Young said in a statement, urging people who had attended exposure sites to isolate.

Anyone who visited the DFO shopping centre at the airport between 4pm and 4.30pm must immediately isolate and get tested. Those who were in the city between 5pm and 6pm are being urged to present for testing if there are symptoms. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said depending on how the current outbreak evolves, the state will see a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions from 1am on Friday. 

Restaurants, cafe and bars will be allowed to have three people per four square metres. There will no limits on aged care or disability facilities. There will also be no mass gathering limits in households or outdoors.

But Ms Palaszczuk urged people to be extra vigilant over the coming days and to use QR codes. 

“It isn’t to much to ask for more freedom,” she said.

“We want life to go back to as normal as possible and I think this is a very small requirement so the businesses have a few days to get that up and running and under control.”

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