Qld records one new local COVID-19 case

Queensland has recorded one new locally-acquired case of COVID-19 as government hopes grow that the state’s five outbreaks are under control.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the new case in Tarragindi, in Brisbane’s south, is a contact of a known case and was already in home quarantine.

She says the case emerged after 16,336 tests across the state in the 24-hours to 9am on Wednesday,.

“In really good news today, we’ve only got one new case,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the single person who tested positive has the Alpha variant, was asymptomatic and had been in home quarantine during their entire infectious period.

She said the state was in “good place” but people should continue to get tested if they feel unwell.

Dr Young said Queensland Health had identified 9827 close contacts of cases across the five outbreaks across the state.

“So that is very good news, excellent testing numbers again, so thank you,” she told reporters.

“Please keep that up, if we could just keep up every single time someone develops symptoms that they immediately come forward and get tested so we can find any outbreaks right at the start – that’s extremely important.”

591 contacts were related to the Brisbane Airport Delta outbreak, 250 were contacts of the Virgin crew member, 3265 were related to the two Northern Territory miners and 5587 contacts of the Alpha outbreak in the Portuguese club and Greek community centre clusters.

There were 5701 people were in home quarantine and 3093 were in hotel quarantine in Queensland on Wednesday.

Dr Young said there was no estimate on when travel restrictions would be lifted on Greater Sydney.

“Well, it depends what happens, whether they remove the total lockdown, whether they leave restrictions, how many cases they’ve got, there are so many variables there, we’ll just have to wait and see, and we’ll have to wait and see whether they extend the lockdown,” she said.

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