Queensland registered a second new case of coronavirus in the community on Saturday, a day after a 26-year-old tradition tested positive – despite no links to hotel quarantine.
Officials announced Friday that a Stafford landscaper in the north of the city tested positive for the highly contagious British variant of Covid, triggering exposure warnings for sites including a busy shopping center in Westfield.
The new case announced Saturday is a close contact from the landscaper from another Strathpine household – with contact investigators currently interviewing the man.
Genomic sequencing shows the 26-year-old’s case is linked to the species that infected a doctor at Princess Alexandra Hospital two weeks ago – but officials have no idea how it jumped between the two, who are not known to have each other. ever met.
Crowds on an escalator at Brisbane’s Carindale Shopping Center – one of the city locations listed as potential exposure sites for Covid-19
The Shinobi Ramen Noodle store in the Westfield shopping center, Carindale, Brisbane, is one of the new Covid hotspots from March 20th from 12pm to 4.16pm
Before his positive test, the man visited locations in Brisbane for several days since Friday, March 19.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Saturday that health officials were “ concerned ” about people being in a busy shopping center while the 26-year-old was also there.
She repeated urgent calls to anyone who found themselves in any part of the Westfield Carindale shopping center from noon to 2:16 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 to isolate themselves and get tested immediately.
“The next two days will be crucial for us,” said Ms. Palaszczuk.
‘We want to rule out every possibility here. The sooner that everyone [gets tested] the better we will be. ‘
Authorities listed 11 exposure sites visited by the landscaper, including the shopping center in Carindale and Bunnings, Aldi and Guzman y Gomez in Stafford.
More will be added to the list later on Saturday as contact tracers speak to his closest contact.
The man also went to Mamma’s Italian restaurant, Redcliffe, on March 21 from 12:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. for lunch – with those there also considered to be at high risk of exposure.
Anyone who has visited these sites should be tested immediately, regardless of whether they have symptoms, and isolate themselves until results are received.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has closed aged care centers, hospitals and prisons to visitors in Brisbane after a case of coronavirus outside the hotel’s quarantine (photo, testing in February)
While in Westfield Carindale, the man also visited Fresh Sensations, Harris Scarfe and Robins Kitchen and Go Vita.
KFC’s drive-thru in Everton Park has also been added to the list of low-risk locations for everyone there on Monday, March 22, for the five minutes from 7:55 PM to 8:00 PM.
Queensland Health will soon publish a list of sites visited by the second virus case.
The Queensland Prime Minister reiterated that the new case was one of 18 close contacts of the landscaper currently being tested.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said cafes and restaurants pose a high risk due to the extended time spent at the sites – adding the Redcliffe restaurant was of particular importance.
Some other states have quickly imposed restrictions on travel from Queensland (Photo: People arriving in Brisbane from Sydney in December)
“What we’ve learned in the last 24 hours is that this gentleman was in the restaurant for nearly three hours,” she said.
The prime minister added that Saturday’s case had been visited specifically by the landscaper.
“We don’t see a large-scale transfer from the community, this is close contact.”
She also revealed that she will write to the Prime Minister to halve the number of international arrivals in Queensland from 1,300 to about 700 as contact tracers try to stay ahead of the latest outbreak.
“We see large numbers of positive cases from abroad, every day we see four or five cases of returning travelers,” she said.
Scott Morrison said on Saturday that he has confidence in Queensland’s ‘strong’ contact tracking system.
The landscaper, while contagious, had visited sites in Brisbane including a Bunnings in his own suburb of Stafford (pictured)
The KFC drive-thru in Everton Park, Brisbane will be on the hotspot list for just 5 minutes from 7:55 pm to 8:00 pm on March 22
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) said she would write to Scott Morrison asking him to halve the number of international arrivals in Queensland.
Some other Australian states have already responded to the discovery of the highly contagious species in Queensland by reintroducing travel restrictions.
New South Wales has closed its border to anyone who has been to Queensland Health exposure sites and if they are in the state at all, they should get tested and isolate themselves.
Tasmania has also closed their border to anyone who has been to the listed exposure sites within 14 days of wanting to travel to the state.
Victoria has designated the Brisbane and Moreton regions as an ‘orange zone’ for which travelers wishing to travel must obtain a permit and a Covid test.
In Western Australia, anyone who has arrived from Queensland since March 20 or who has been to the hotspot locations in the past 14 days must isolate themselves and get tested.
Down in New South Wales, travelers who have been to one of the listed exposure sites must be tested and insulated for 14 days.
Kmart in Carindale Westfield, Brisbane, has been added to the hotspot list as WA imposes new restrictions on immediate quarantine for any traveler exposed during alarm times
QUEENSLAND LOCATIONS ON WARNING
Anyone who has been to the following locations in the specified time frames should be tested regardless of whether they have symptoms and isolate immediately until they get a negative result:
March 20, 12 noon to 4.16 pm: Any part of Westfield Carindale Shopping Center at the alarm time is now HIGH RISK
March 20, 12 noon – 4.16 pm: Westfield Carindale. Stores include: Shinobi Ramen Noodle Shop, Fresh Sensations, Go Vita, Robins kitchen, Harris Scarfe and Kmart
March 20, 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM: Market Organics (shop only), Newmarket
March 20, 8 p.m .: Baskin and Robbins, Everton Park
March 21, 10:30 am to 10:46 am: Genki Market, Alderley
March 21, 12:40 to 3:10 pm: Mamma’s Italian Restaurant, Redcliffe – HIGH RISK
March 22, 12.20 to 12.25 pm: Guzman and Gomez, Stafford
March 22, 12:40 to 12:50 pm: Bunnings, Stafford
March 25, 8:30 am to 8:45 am: Aldi, Stafford
March 25, 11:15 am to 11:40 am: Nundah Respiratory Clinic, Nundah
Locations with a low risk:
March 21, 9:50 am to 10:20 am: Gasworks Plaza, Newstead
March 22, 7:55 pm to 8:00 pm: KFC drive-thru, Everton Park
An Aldi supermarket in Stafford, north Brisbane, frequented by the city’s positive Covid-19 case