Queensland’s Covid outbreak threatens to explode as more than 20 new locations are exposed to the virus, including a McDonald’s restaurant and a busy Woolworths
Queenslanders brace for more coronavirus cases after four new infections emerged in Brisbane.
Health officials released 18 new exposure sites after the state registered its first mysterious case in 50 days on Tuesday.
Two McDonalds restaurants and a Woolworths supermarket are among the locations exposed to the virus.
A man in his thirties from Brisbane who works in the airline industry tested positive on Tuesday.
He was contagious in the community for three days and his wife also sent back a positive test, but the man had only been vaccinated a week before, meaning he was not fully protected.
The third case is that of a woman who sent back three negative tests for two weeks in hotel quarantine before testing positive five days after her release.
Queensland’s top health concern is that of a lorry driver who was contagious in the community for eight days and stayed in two hotels and a boarding house in the inner city.
Exposure sites were listed Tuesday for Eatons Hill, Rocklea, Albany Creek, Aspley and South Brisbane, with sites in these suburbs listed as either close contacts or informal contacts.
These include two unnamed hotels in Spring Hill, and the Adalong Student Guesthouse in South Brisbane and McDonald’s Southbank.
The state government has also decided to require at least one shot for truck drivers entering Queensland after seven truck drivers entered the state who have been contagious in the community since Aug. 24.
Freight drivers must receive their first shot before October 15 and two shots before November 15.
In light of the new clusters, Queensland Health has changed the guidelines for wearing masks in the local government areas of Moreton Bay and Brisbane.
Masks are now mandatory indoors and in all public institutions where social distancing is not possible.
The four cases reported on Tuesday have sent a cloud over the NRL’s grand final plans just days before 50,000 people are expected to descend on Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said there have been no discussions with the NRL about a possible plan to move the event.
“If my phone rings, I’ll keep people informed, but at the moment there is no problem,” she said on Tuesday.
Queensland has administered 18,482 vaccinations in the reporting period to Tuesday, with 64.1 percent of the eligible population receiving their first dose.