Queensland has recorded three new COVID-19 cases and listed new exposure sites on the Sunshine Coast as the state government opts to keep the NSW border open for now.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says there’s no concern about the three new cases, one in hotel quarantine and two in-home quarantine. The two in-home quarantine are locally acquired and related to the Greek community center cluster in Brisbane. “So when we ask people when they are a close contact to go in-home quarantine, people are doing the right thing, and they are being found,” Ms. Palaszczuk told reporters on Tuesday.
So that’s keeping Queenslanders safe. I’m rpleasedabout that.
On Tuesday evening Queensland Health issued new contact tracing locations in Noosa, Kenilworth, Eumundi, and Sunshine Beach after the infectious period for a previously confirmed case was revised.
The sites include a news agency, cafe, pharmacy, liquor store, and a bakery visited at various times between June 28 and July 1. Anyone who saw the venues at times listed on the Queensland Health website is advised to get tested immediately and self-quarantine until a negative result is received.
The premier says it’s too early to make a call on the NSW border with no new locally acquired cases or COVID-19 positive sewage testing detected close to Queensland. She says the Sydney outbreak will be reviewed daily, and the border situation could change at any time.
We are keeping a very close eye on what’s happening in NSW,” Ms. Palaszczuk said.
“So I want to reassure Queenslanders that if it gets to the stage that we have to close, we will. But at this stage, we are monitoring it every single day.” Restrictions are already in place for all visitors from Greater Sydney, who are required to do 14 days quarantine on arrival in Queensland.
As the sunshine state increases capacity in its quarantine exemptions unit, more people in hotspots seeking a pass on ethical grounds. “There are no special rules for people; we are trying to treat people in the best way we possibly can,” Ms. Palaszczuk said. So far Queensland is going okay … but anything can change any day, and if you don’t think that’s stressful, come and take a walk in my shoes.” Maritime Safety Queensland said three vessels had illegally arrived in the state from more excellent Sydney in the past two weeks.