June 27, 2021

Queensland Health issued a public health alert on Sunday afternoon for parts of the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane after three more people tested positive to COVID-19.

Contact tracing and testing is now under way.

Two of the new cases are linked to the June 20 case of an airline worker who tested positive to the Alpha variant after spending 14 days in quarantine.

They are a woman who works as a cleaner at the DFO shopping centre near Brisbane Airport and at the Brisbane City Watchhouse, and her partner who works on the Sunshine Coast.

The couple visited multiple locations before testing positive for COVID-19.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said it is believed they have been infectious in the community since June 20.

The Alpha variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was formerly known as the UK or Kent variant. It is not considered as contagious as the Delta variant currently the focus of contact tracing efforts in Sydney.

The third case is a woman who has tested positive on the Sunshine Coast.

This case is believed to be linked to a Northern Territory mine worker who is believed to have caught the virus – possibly the Delta variant – while staying briefly in hotel quarantine in Brisbane before heading to the NT.

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The more than 30 sites listed by Queensland Health on Sunday are located at:

  • Brisbane Airport
  • Brisbane City
  • Chapel Hill
  • Clayfield
  • Coochin Creek
  • Fortitude Valley
  • Hamilton
  • Hendra
  • Herston
  • Indooroopilly
  • Newstead
  • Teneriffe
  • West End

They include restaurants, gyms, supermarkets, the Hendra Post Office and the McDonalds at Glasshouse Mountains.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was “critical” that anyone with symptoms get tested, particularly if they have been to any of the potential exposure sites.

A full list of close, casual and low-risk exposure sites is included on the Queensland Health website

Queensland Health said anyone who has been to a Close Contact or a Casual Contact location should immediately quarantine, complete the online contact tracing form (linked to the location information on the Contact Tracing web page), get tested and wait until further advice from Queensland Health.

Queensland Health is urging residents to continually monitor the Contact Tracing web page for updates to the list of sites.

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NSW Health authorities announced 30 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday – all linked to the Bondi cluster.

This brings the total number of cases in the present outbreak in NSW, which began on June 16, to 112.

Cases linked to this cluster have also been recorded in Victoria and Western Australia.

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