December 17, 2021

Queensland Health issued public health alerts on Friday for new contact tracing locations at multiple locations across Queensland, including Dalby, Toowoomba and Ipswich.

Other new locations added to the list are at Miles, Taroom, the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Cairns.

The Toowoomba and Dalby locations are:

  • Guzman Y Gomez Grand Central – Grand Central Shopping Centre, Toowoomba City (December 13 – 1:00pm-1:30pm, close contact site)
  • Coffee Club Toowoomba – Margaret Street and Victoria Street (December 13 – 1:30pm-1:40pm, casual contact site)
  • Nuts Bolts Fasteners Industrial, 7 Loudoun Street, Dalby (December 13 – 2:30pm-2:45pm, casual contact site)

The updated list follows the announcement on Friday morning that Queensland had recorded 20 new COVID-19 cases overnight.

Nine of these were locally acquired, seven were acquired interstate and four were detected in quarantine.

Four of the new cases have not been linked to other cases and a further two are under investigation.

The new cases are in the Brisbane North (5), Brisbane South (8), West Moreton (1), Sunshine Coast (2), Gold Coast (2) and Cairns (2) health regions.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said there were now five confirmed Omicron cases in the State, with several linked to the Newcastle outbreak.

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In NSW, a record 2213 cases were announced on Friday, the highest figure since the pandemic began.

In Victoria, there were 1510 new cases and seven more deaths during the past 24 hours.

Speaking in Sydney, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia could not go back to lockdowns, despite the latest figures.

“Right from the start of this pandemic, we have always sought to balance saving lives and saving livelihoods,” he said.

He said serious illness or hospitalisation should be the deciding factor rather than the number of cases.

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The latest cumulative statistics for Australia from the Federal Department of Health:

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