July 1, 2022

Queensland records one new coronavirus case in hotel quarantine, no community transmission

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Queensland records one new coronavirus case in hotel quarantine, no community transmission

Queensland has recorded one new coronavirus case in hotel quarantine in the last 24 hours and no cases of community transmission linked to the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the overseas acquired case was a female traveller who recently returned from Brazil and was in hotel quarantine.

“It’s a female who’s recently travelled from Brazil. So we have 25 active cases and we have done in the past 24 hours 5,173 tests. So those test numbers are coming down,” she said.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the state was on track to have restrictions lifted by Friday.

“It’s wonderful to see … and I can report that there’s been 864 tests undertaken of contacts in relation to the hotel cluster,” she said.

“Of those 864, we have had no positive cases.

“So that is really positive results which gives us confidence that we are containing this virus, but, of course, we do have a few days to go and the timeframe is 1:00am on Friday 22 if we have no more community cases that are unlinked.”

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said while the news was positive, Queensland was not yet in the clear.

“Thank you to everyone who’s been following all of those restrictions in Greater Brisbane and in particular wearing masks.”

It comes as authorities investigate the spread of the UK strain of coronavirus on the seventh floor of Brisbane’s Hotel Grand Chancellor after a hotel cleaner tested positive earlier this month.

The case plunged Greater Brisbane into a three-day lockdown, saw restrictions reimposed on venues and households and prompted a mask mandate, which remains in force until Friday.

More people turned away at border

State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski said police were pleased people had not become complacent and compliance with coronavirus directions had remained high across the state.

“We issued no fines in the last 24 hours and only handed out 28 masks which is quite remarkable given the size of the area we’re talking about,” he said.

“We have seen 2,491 passengers processed through our domestic airports in the last 24 hours and 4,848 vehicles at our borders.

“We’re still having to turn away large numbers of people with another 40 people turned away at our borders in the last 24 hours.”

Mr Gollschewski said investigations into the spread of the UK strain at the ill-fated Hotel Grand Chancellor were continuing.

“There are several hundred people that are in the process of being interviewed — we are working through that, we are waiting for the final results,” he said.

“It is a very meticulous investigation, we are being extremely thorough.

“The Grand Chancellor Hotel should be commended because they have not only been so willing to assist us… but they have done everything that they should have done.”