Queensland health authorities have updated their list of exposure sites to more than 70, as more local cases of COVID-19 are reported in the wake of twin hotel quarantine breaches.
Anyone who visited any of the sites added on Tuesday, extending now to the bayside Brisbane suburb of Sandgate, Magnetic Island in north Queensland, along with Townsville airport and markets, is urged to quarantine at home and get tested as soon as possible.
Announcing the initial two new cases on Sunday, believed to be linked to the Four Points hotel quarantine leak, Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the pair – a cleaner who worked at Brisbane Airport DFO and the Brisbane police watchhouse, and her partner – had been deemed infectious in the community since June 20.
A female miner from the Bli Bli region on the Sunshine Coast, linked to the Northern Territory mine site cluster sparked by another worker who travelled through a separate Brisbane quarantine hotel from regional Victoria, also spent a day in the community while infectious with the Delta strain.
On Tuesday, an unvaccinated casual clerical worker from the Prince Charles Hospital’s dedicated COVID-19 section was confirmed to have the virus after spending more than a week infectious in the community and travelling from her home in Sandgate to Townsville.
Eleven south-east Queensland local government areas, along with Townsville city, Palm Island and Magnetic Island, were ordered into a three-day lockdown from 6pm on Tuesday in response.
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