Brisbane COVID case confirmed to be UK variant with link to Princess Alexandra Hospital cluster

Genomic testing has shown Brisbane’s latest locally acquired COVID-19 case is linked to a previous cluster involving two overseas travellers and a doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Overnight, a 26-year-old landscaper from Stafford, in Brisbane’s inner north, tested positive to COVID-19, the first-known community transmission in Queensland in 13 days.

Queensland Health said the genomic testing confirmed the man had the B117 variant, also known as the UK strain.

Authorities have now begun investigating how he contracted the virus but said it was likely there was one unidentified intermediary who passed the virus onto the man.

The landscaper’s positive case has sparked another large contact-tracing exercise.

Queensland Health said genomic testing has now confirmed his infection is linked to an earlier cluster which stemmed from a doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital who contracted the UK strain from a returned traveller.

The 26-year-old man is now being treated at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and his housemates are being isolated and tested.

More to come.

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