Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has stressed the importance of getting tested if any COVID-19 symptoms are present after the partner of the hotel cleaner infected with the UK variant also tested positive.
The new case was confirmed by authorities on Monday night and there has been no change to the restrictions in place for Greater Brisbane following the lifting of the three-day lockdown.
Dr Jeannette Young said the man has been in quarantine since January 7 and additional contact tracing is now underway
Genome sequencing is also underway and it is likely to be the UK variant.
“We know this particular variant of COVID-19 is more contagious, so this result is unsurprising,” Dr Young said on Monday.
“However, it highlights the importance of why the Greater Brisbane lockdown was so important to ensure any potential spread of the virus is contained.
“We are determining the man’s potential infectious period and contact tracing is underway.”
Additional testing of other close contacts of both the man and woman will continue this week.
Earlier Dr Young said contact-tracers found 370 contacts of the quarantine hotel cleaner, with 172 testing negative for the virus and the others awaiting results.
“I’m not sure we’ve found everyone who attended those three venues yet,” Dr Young said.
“So it’s really important that anyone who has attended one of those three particular venues … comes forward as soon as possible.”
The venues include Woolworths at Calamvale North between 11am and 12pm on January 3, Coles Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown between 7.30am and 8am on January 5 and a Sunnybank Hills newsagent between 8am and 8.15am on January 5.
Health authorities will remain on heightened alert during the 14-day virus incubation period and restrictions will remain in place in Greater Brisbane until at least January 22.
“We’d have to have community transmission out in the community, not in someone who’s in their own home in isolation,” Dr Young said when asked if restrictions could remain after the deadline.
Masks are mandatory in supermarkets, shops, indoor markets, places of worship, libraries, gyms and indoor recreational facilities such as cinemas and art galleries.
They also must be worn on public transport, in taxis and rideshare vehicles and should be carried at all times.
Gatherings in private homes have been capped at 20 people and capacity is restricted at pubs, restaurants and cafes.
Four new virus cases in hotel quarantine were also recorded on Monday, two from the UK and two from the United Arab Emirates.
Genomic testing results are expected to reveal if any of the new cases have the more infectious strains of COVID-19.