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Brisbane’s COVID-19 community case update – Alpha variant confirmed

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Queensland Health says that genome sequencing results have confirmed the Brisbane COVID-19 case reported on Sunday (20 June) is the Alpha variant.

Genome sequencing has also helped reveal the transmission is likely to have occurred in hotel quarantine.

The genome sequence is identical to a cabin crew member who underwent quarantine at the same hotel.

Queensland Health is continuing investigations to understand how the transmission occurred, and thank the hotel for their assistance.

However, early indications suggest there has been fomite transmission from a hotel guest who was infectious to Sunday’s case.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the positive case had been in hotel quarantine for 14 days and tested negative on day zero, day five and day 12.

‘On day 14, she left hotel quarantine, however later that morning, had a routine surveillance test required by all cabin crew every seven days, and this test returned a positive result,’ said Dr Young.

‘We have to take all variants seriously but given this one is Alpha, it reduces the risk to the community as opposed to the more contagious Delta strain we had initially suspected that is now circulating through parts of Sydney.

Dr Jeannette Young said that as a result of reviewing the CCTV footage, Queensland Health has been able to downgrade the risk associated with DFO Brisbane (Airport). ‘We now ask anyone who attended between 4pm and 4.30pm on Saturday, 19 June to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild.

‘The exception is the Cotton On store where anyone who visited between 4.10pm and 4.30pm must quarantine and complete the online contact tracing form.

‘We have added the Hamilton Harbour Residences to the contact tracing list for the duration of the day (19 June), as there is a possibility non-residents may have visited throughout the day and used the same lifts as the positive case.

‘We are continuing our contact tracing efforts, including reviewing CCTV footage.

‘To date, more than 63 contacts have been identified, including 50 close contacts. Close contacts are required to quarantine for 14 days from their exposure.’

Contact tracing locations are published at https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing.

Dr Young added that getting tested is the best way to protect the community with nearly 4,000 tests undertaken in the 24 hours prior to 6pm Monday.

Testing locations are available throughout Brisbane. Go to www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing for your nearest location.

A total of five new cases have been recorded in Queensland today. All were overseas acquired and detected in hotel quarantine.


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

NSW Police: be COVID-vigilant at Splendour in the Grass

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COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, Sunday May 22, there were 40 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

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AEC says COVID voters can phone from home

The AEC says that voters who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 will be able to phone in their vote in the federal election.

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COVID-19 update: May 16

The Northern NSW Local Health District says that to 4pm yesterday, 15 May, 384 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the District, including 82 positive PCR tests and 302 positive rapid antigen tests.

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It’s National Volunteer Week

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COVID-19 update: May 9

Today there are 41 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with none of these in ICU.

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COVID-19 update: May 6

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) reports that there are 37 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

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COVID-19 update: Monday 2 May

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday, 1 May, 274 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the area, including 56 positive PCR tests and 218 positive rapid antigen tests

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COVID-19 update: Friday, April 29

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, 28 April, 398 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region, including 74 positive PCR tests and 324 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 update: Thursday April 28

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, there were 541 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the region, including 143 positive PCR tests and 398 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 update for Wednesday, April 27

The  Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) reports that to 4pm yesterday, 26 April, there were 569 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the region, including 74 positive PCR tests and 495 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID numbers up heading into the long weekend

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, 21 April, 754 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region, including 137 positive PCR tests and 617 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 rules to change from Friday

The NSW Government has just announced updated rules in regards to COVID-19 including changes around close contacts and international travel.

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COVID numbers on the rise again after long weekend

Not unexpectedly, the number of COVID-19 positive cases has risen after the long weekend and the Northern NSW Local Health District has reported 631 new cases in the region to 4pm yesterday, 19 April, including 102 positive PCR tests and 529 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 update for April 19

The Northern NSW Local Health District says that to 4pm yesterday, 18 April, there were 385 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the District, including 58 positive PCR tests and 327 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 update: April 9 – 11

The Northern NSW Local Health District report that for the weekend up until 4pm yesterday, 10 April, there were 1,246 new cases of COVID-19 including 272 positive PCR tests and 663 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 update, April 8

The Northern NSW Local Health District have confirmed that to 4pm yesterday, April 7, there were 511 new cases of COVID-19 in the District, including 112 positive PCR tests and 399 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 update – April 4

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to yesterday, Sunday April 3, at 4pm, there were 437 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the District, including 91 positive PCR tests and 346 positive rapid antigen tests.

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