Queensland records two new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, Gold Coast on high alert

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned people on the Gold Coast they may face new restrictions after a second unlinked COVID case was detected in the city in as many days.

There were two new locally acquired cases recorded in Queensland overnight.

One of the cases, from an unknown source, was a fully vaccinated man in his 50s who lives at Carrara at the Gold Coast, and drives an Uber.

Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken said the man had been infectious in the community for three days.

“We’re working through it, but aren’t able to find a clear link to how he’s contracted COVID,” Dr Aitken said.

“He’s done all the right things, he’s fully vaccinated and he’s come forward for testing, but he does work as an Uber driver and has been exposed for three days in the community potentially infectious.

“So I am saying to the residents of Gold Coast, if you have any symptoms, please come forward and get tested.”

Ms Palaszczuk said she was “concerned”.

“If we see more unlinked community transmission on the Gold Coast in the next 24 to 48 hours, we may have to put in place some further restrictions,” the Premier said.

“I would not like to see multiple unlinked cases over the next few days.”

Dr Aitken said masks were not being mandated again at this stage, but urged Gold Coast residents to consider wearing them, and closely monitor their health for symptoms.

The second case was a woman in her teens from Beaudesert, and was considered a close contact of a case from the Moree cluster.

The Premier said the woman had spent a number of days in Warwick while infectious, and half a day in Beaudesert, but had tested positive while in home quarantine.

A third case was detected in hotel quarantine, and was overseas acquired.

Over 17,000 vaccinations were administered at state-run clinics in the past 24 hours, with 80.1 per cent of Queensland residents aged over 16 now having received one dose.

The state has edged closer to the 70 per cent double-dose milestone, with 68.31 per cent of the state aged over 16 now fully vaccinated.