Only four new local cases of COVID-19 in Queensland
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the latest number of cases was “great news” after an eight-day lockdown in the southern state ended yesterday.
Ms Palaszczuk confirmed that the taxi driver at the instant lockdown center in Cairns is linked to a maritime pilot who helps guide international ships to the coast.
The linking of the two cases comes as the Cairns region saw no new local cases overnight.
“A lot of contact searches are happening now… with these exhibition sites,” she said.
More than 26,000 Queenslanders were tested yesterday.
A maritime pilot transmitted the virus to a Cairns taxi driver while he was dropped off at the airport, Queensland Health officials said.
“We suspect that was when (the taxi driver) drove this pilot from his home to the airport and then this pilot flew to Brisbane,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Jeannette Young said.
Contact tracing efforts are now intensifying, with the aim of finding a potential spread.
“Cairns Queensland Health performed 971 tests yesterday. However, our partners have reportedly done at least the same in the past 24 hours,” said Dr Grant Howard of Queensland Health this afternoon.
“Clearly we want everyone who has symptoms to be tested or if you look at the Queensland Health website you can see if you are close or casual contact.”
The unvaccinated 60-year-old taxi driver was infectious in the community for 10 days, including making 20-30 trips each day while he worked, meaning he could have unknowingly infected a considerable number of people. people.
Ongoing tests in Cairns should start to paint a picture of transmission over the coming day.
All of Queensland’s new cases are linked to the Indooroopilly cluster and were in isolation when they caught the virus, said public health chief Jeannette Young.
The four new cases were linked to two schools in Brisbane.
One of them is a staff member from Ironside School; one was a related parent of a child who attends Ironside; and the other was a family contact from a child who attends Ironside.
The fourth case is a family contact of a student at Brisbane Grammar School.
A person infected with the virus may have traveled from Queensland to Bryon Bay in New South Wales.
Asked about this potential development, Ms Palaszczuk said: “We’re starting to hear some issues about this.”
She said her team was waiting to “get more information” from their NSW counterparts.
The infected person may also have spent time in the town of Lismore, NSW.
Teens across the state as young as 16 can now sign up to receive the Pfizer vaccine, Palaszczuk said.
She said people between the ages of 16 and 59 can now receive a vaccine at the new mass vaccination center in Brisbane.
Queensland Health will prioritize registrations at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, which opens on Wednesday.
By the end of the week, the facility is expected to vaccinate 3,000 people every day.
The center is not a walk-in vaccination location, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said as she urged residents of Queensland to register online.
“We don’t want to see empty slots,” she said.
“We can’t wait to see this place buzz from Wednesday.”
Queensland Health has administered more than 3,500 vaccines in the past 24 hours.
9News this morning filmed hundreds of people lining up at local test sites.
Masks should always be worn at all times in schools, workplaces and outside of South East Queensland.
During the next two weeks, up to 10 people can gather in the houses.
Businesses can reopen with room ceilings and weddings and funerals limited to 20 people.
Queensland reported nine new cases yesterday, including the Cairns taxi driver.