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Queensland authorities ‘concerned’ after recording two local coronavirus cases

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus in Brisbane, and a third case in hotel quarantine.

The Premier said one of the cases did not appear to have any symptoms while out in the community, noting the strain was not the Delta variant. 

“This is not the strain that is currently circulating in Sydney. This is the Alpha strain, which is the UK strain. But we are still concerned,” she said.

One case is a worker at the Brisbane airport DFO that was previously listed as an exposure site.

The second case, the partner of that worker, works on the Sunshine Coast.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said border declaration passes will become mandatory for anyone who has been in NSW, including border regions, from 1am on Monday.

Dr Young urged Queenslanders to reconsider plans to travel to NSW because infectious people from Sydney could be anywhere in that state and exposure sites could grow.

“People should really reconsider their need to go anywhere in NSW,” she said on Friday.

“If it’s urgent, unavoidable, of course they should travel, but if it’s not perhaps they should think about holidaying in Queensland.”

– Additional reporting by AAP.

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