Queensland finds ANOTHER new case of coronavirus as Brisbane mystery cluster spreads – as 18 of the tradie’s close contacts are sent for urgent testing
- A new case of the UK strain of Coronovirus discovered in Brisbane on Saturday
- Case is a close contact of landscaper, 26, who tested positive on Thursday night
- The landscaper visited the Westfield Carindale shopping centre on March 20
- Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk repeated calls for anyone there to get tested
- Man also visited Mamma’s Italian Restaurant at Redcliffe for lunch on March 21
Officials announced on Friday a landscaper from Stafford in the city’s north tested positive to the highly contagious UK strain of Covid, sparking exposure alerts for venues including a busy Westfield shopping centre.
Genomic sequencing shows the 26-year-old’s infection is linked to the strain which infected a doctor in hotel quarantine two weeks ago – but officials so far have no idea how it jumped between the two, who are not known to have ever met.
The new case announced on Saturday is a close contact of the landscaper from a different household in Strathpine – with contact tracers currently interviewing the man.
Crowds on an escalator at Carindale Shopping Centre in Brisbane – one of the venues in the city listed as potential exposure sites to Covid-19
Shinobi Ramen Noodle shop at Westfield shopping centre, Carindale, Brisbane, is one of the new covid hotspots from 12 noon to 2.16pm on March 20
Before his positive test the man visited venues across Brisbane over a number of days since last Friday March 19.
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Saturday repeated urgent calls for anyone who was in any part of Westfield Carindale shopping centre from 12 noon to 2.16pm on Saturday, March 20, to immediately isolate and get tested.
Authorities have listed 11 exposure sites visited by the landscaper including the shopping centre in Carindale and Bunnings, Aldi and Guzman y Gomez outlets in Stafford.
Anyone who visited those sites must immediately get tested regardless of whether they have symptoms, and isolate until results are received.
Queensland Health will soon publish a list of sites visited by the second virus case.
The Queensland Premier repeated that the new case was one of 18 close contacts of the landscaper who are in the process of being tested.
‘We are not seeing large scale community transmission, this is a close contact,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.
She also revealed she will write to the Prime Minister to halve the number of international arrivals in Queensland from 1300 to about 700 as contact tracers try to get ahead of the latest outbreak.
‘We are seeing large numbers of positive cases from overseas … everyday we are seeing four or five cases in returned travelers,’ she said.
Scott Morrison said on Saturday he is confident in Queensland’s ‘strong’ contact tracing system.
Some other Australian states have already responded to the discovery of the highly contagious strain in Queensland by reintroducing travel restrictions.
New South Wales has shut its border to anyone who has been to the exposure sites listed by Queensland Health and if already in the state they are required to get tested and self-isolate.
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’ requiring those wanting to travel to get 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 last 14 days must self-isolate and get tested.
The landscaper while infectious had visited venues across Brisbane including a Bunnings in his own suburb of Stafford (pictured)
The KFC drive-thru at Everton Park, Brisbane has been put on the hotspot list for only 5 minutes from 7.55pm to 8pm on March 22
Also anyone who went to Mamma’s Italian Restaurant, Redcliffe, on March 21 from 12.40pm to 3.10pm should immediately quarantine for 14 days and get tested.
Hotspots added to the alert list on Friday evening include Shinobi Ramen Noodle Shop and Kmart at Westfield Shopping Centre Carindale on Saturday March 20 from 12 noon to 2.16pm
While at Westfield Carindale the man also visited Fresh Sensations, Harris Scarfe and Robins Kitchen and Go Vita.
KFC’s drive-thru at Everton Park has also been added to the list of low-risk venues for anybody there on Monday March 22 for the five minutes from 7.55pm to 8pm.
The Queensland outbreak has prompted Western Australia to hand down a snap quarantine rules for potentially exposed travellers to isolate and get tested.
Kmart in Carindale Westfield, Brisbane, has been added to the list of hotspots as WA imposes new restrictions of immediate quarantine for any traveller exposed during the alert times
QUEENSLAND VENUES ON ALERT
Anyone who has been to the following venues in the specified time frames must get tested regardless of whether they have symptoms and isolate immediately until they receive a negative result:
March 20, 12 noon to 2.16pm: every part of Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre at the alert time is now HIGH RISK
March 20, 12 noon to 2.16pm: Westfield Carindale. Shops include: Shinobi Ramen Noodle Shop, Fresh Sensations, Go Vita, Robins kitchen, Harris Scarfe and Kmart
March 20, 2.45pm to 3.45pm: Market Organics (store only), Newmarket
March 20, 8pm: Baskin and Robbins, Everton Park
March 21, 10.30am to 10.46am: Genki Market, Alderley
March 21, 12.40pm to 3.10pm: Mamma’s Italian Restaurant, Redcliffe – HIGH RISK
March 22, 12.20 to 12.25pm: Guzman and Gomez, Stafford
March 22, 12.40 to 12.50pm: Bunnings, Stafford
March 25, 8.30am to 8.45am: Aldi, Stafford
March 25, 11.15am to 11.40am: Nundah Respiratory Clinic, Nundah
Low risk venues:
March 20, 12 noon to 2.16pm: Other parts of Westfield Carindale centre
March 21, 9.50am to 10.20am: Gasworks Plaza, Newstead
March 22, 7.55pm to 8pm: KFC drive-thru, Everton Park
An Aldi supermarket in Stafford, north Brisbane visited by the city’s positive Covid-19 case