Mystery case found
AUTHORITIES are urging people in Brisbane’s north to get tested after a mystery case was detected in a woman who had been infectious in the community for 10 days.
The mystery case was among three detected overnight, with the other two overseas acquired and detected in hotel quarantine.
It is expected the rapidly growing list of Queensland exposure sites will continue to grow as more details on the mystery case come to light.
The mystery locally acquired case is a woman in her 50s from Fitzgibbon who has been infectious in the community since September 23.
The woman is fully vaccinated, with all members of her household so far testing negative.
Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said she wanted anyone living in the areas of the latest exposure sites to go and get tested immediately if they had any symptoms.
“We do ask anyone who lives particularly in the northern part of Brisbane to come forward,” she said.
Authorities are waiting on genome sequencing to determine how the woman contracted the virus because at the moment there are no links between the current cases.
Dr Young said she was reassured by high numbers of testing.
“I am reasonably reassured by that,” she said.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said enhanced restrictions would return to the Queensland border after Lismore was declared a hotspot.
Dr Young urged Queenslanders to limit travelling to northern NSW until the cases in that region were brought under control.
Mr Miles said compliance with mask wearing at Sunday night’s NRL grand Final at Suncorp Stadium was very high.
He said most of the people at the stadium had food or drink and removed their masks, following the same rules as hospitality venues.
Dr Young said hospitals were starting to mandate vaccinations, with a “superb” result so far.
She said Queensland had yet to reach 100 per cent vaccination rate in aged care facilities, adding that once the target was reached, restrictions on those facilities would be lifted.