QLD confirms third new coronavirus case

 

A third case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in Queensland.

It's understood the case is connected to Chatswood Hills State School in Springwood.

The new case comes after Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles earlier confirmed there had been two other COVID-19 cases overnight.

Both of those cases are 19-year-old women being cared for at the PA Hospital.

It's understood the new case, a woman, aged in her 20s, is a known close contact of the 19-year-olds.

They come as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces all of Greater Sydney will now be locked out of Queensland, while scores of nursing homes in Brisbane's south will be put into lockdown and shopping centres , restaurants and a church are put on alert.

One of the women works at the Parklands Christian College, Mr Miles confirmed.

The Deputy Premier said a large amount of contact tracing will need to be done.

He claimed they had both travelled together, including returning to Brisbane from Melbourne on July 21 via Sydney.

"They travelled on flights VA863 and VA977," Mr Miles said.

"The Queensland Health contact tracers are identifying close contacts from those flights."

Mr Miles said anyone with any concern on the southside of Brisbane should get tested.

"We have responded to situations in Queensland like this before," he said.

Scores of nursing homes in Brisbane's south will be put into lockdown as authorities fear the two women will spark a southside cluster.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has ordered all aged care facilities in the Metro South health district run by the state and private operators to ban visitors, institute temperature checks, and ensure staff do not work across multiple facilities.

Dr Young made the order as substantial contact tracing is undertaking to track down potentially hundreds of people that two 19-year-old girls who have tested positive to the highly-infectious virus have been in contact with since their return from Victoria on July 21.

It is believed one of the COVID-19 positive cases visited ChaTime at The Grand Plaza shopping centre at Browns Plains on Tuesday, while the Woodridge Shopping Centre has also been identified by authorities as a place visited by one of the cases.

Woodridge Shopping Centre is being deep cleaned, according to Macalister MP Melissa McMahon.

It was also confirmed that one of the two women who tested positive for COVID-19 ate at a Thai restaurant in an Ipswich shopping centre on Sunday night.

Steven Miles and Dr Jeannette Young the Chief Health Officer of Queensland. Pic Annette Dew
Steven Miles and Dr Jeannette Young the Chief Health Officer of Queensland. Pic Annette Dew

"We need to act really, really fast," she said.

"These two young women have been out in the community for eight days while unwell."

She said it was "very precautionary" and there was no suggestion either of the women had visited an aged care facility.

"But just in case one of them has come into contact with someone who then goes to an aged care facility, just because we know how vulnerable those people are," she said.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the move was about protecting the state's most vulnerable.

"We've seen in other states that the most important thing in the period while we see if there is any other community transfer is making sure that nobody in an aged care facility is exposed," Ms Miles said.

Mr Miles described it as an "evolving situation".

He suggested a lot of people would be interviewed by public health authorities.

Mr Miles said it was absolutely critical that anyone who is asked to quarantine does so.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young claimed the two women had returned from Melbourne on July 21 via Sydney and have since tested positive.

"These young women have gone about their business within the communities that they live in," Mr Miles said.

"So there will be a large amount of contact tracing to be done, largely within the Logan and Springfield areas - including shopping malls, restaurants and a church.

"Our contact tracers are doing that work right now.

"There are also a number of close contacts in both of their households."

Dr Young said shopping centres and schools will now be closed for 48 hours while deep cleans are undertaken.

"We need to act really, really fast," she said.

She said anyone who lives in the Logan and Acacia Ridge areas who have symptoms should get tested.

Dr Young said a list would be put out this afternoon that lists all of the places the women have recently visited.

She said there was no suggestion either of the women had visited an aged care facility.

Dr Young said anyone who returned from Victoria who had been there in the previous 14 days was required to go into hotel quarantine, unless they had an exemption.


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