Six new cases of coronavirus have Queensland on high alert just days before the NRL Grand Final in Brisbane after a truckie drove around the state while infected.
Masks will now be mandatory indoors again in Brisbane and the Moreton Bay area in response to the latest outbreak.
The escalating crisis could see the landmark grand final being moved from Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium to Townsville if health officials fear the risk is too great.
The NRL have drawn up contingency plans as an emergency back up if Brisbane is hit by a sudden outbreak that can’t be contained in time.
QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk insisted though: ‘There is no need to panic.
‘We have been here before. South-eastern Queenslanders will rise to the challenge once again.’
Two of the new cases were overseas acquired, and one is an international traveller who tested positive after they came out of hotel quarantine.
But the remaining three – a husband and wife and a truck driver – are concerning Queensland health officials.
The truck driver was active in the community for a week before testing positive. The Brisbane guest house where he was living has now been sealed off.
Adalong Guest House in South Brisbane – across the road from a school and adjacent to a major hospital – is under police guard with more than a dozen residents put into isolation and being tested.
Further details are expected to be revealed by the state’s chief medical officer Dr Jeanette Young later on Tuesday morning.
The new site is not linked to an infected man in his 30s who works in the aviation industry which was reported by Queensland Health on Monday night.
A mystery case of coronavirus has put Queensland on high alert just days before the state is set to host the NRL Grand Final (pictured, health care workers in Brisbane)
Health officials are struggling to identify how he came to be infected. He has not been overseas and has had no known contact with a Covid case.
His wife has also now also tested positive, sparking an alert at a childcare centre in the city.
Mother Duck Child Care in Eatons Hill in the city’s north-west has become a contact site after the infected parent dropped off their child there last Thursday morning.
A McDonalds and two busy shops have also been added to a late night list of close contact sites in the Sunshine State.
The Mother Duck Childcare and Kindergarten (pictured) in northeast Brisbane was attended by a positive Covid-19 case last week
Latest Covid exposure sites in Queensland:
Albany Creek. McDonalds Albany Creek Drive Thru. 768 Albany Creek Rd. Thursday 23 September 2021 from 5.05am – 5.10am. Low risk contact
Eatons Hill. Mother Duck Childcare & Kindergarten. 6-12 Bunya Park Dr Eatons Hill, Queensland 4037. Thursday 23 September 2021 from 7.25am – 8am. Casual contact
Rocklea. Seats ‘R’ Us. 1/1620 Ipswich Rd , QLD 4106 . Thursday 23 September from 11.15am – 11.45am. Close contact
Aspley. Freedom Furniture 815 Zillmere Rd Brisbane. Thursday 23 September 2021 from 4.40pm – 5pm Casual contact
Parents of children who attend the Mother Duck Childcare and Kindergarten were sent a letter advising them a Covid-infected person had visited the centre.
Graham Nielsen, a physician from the Metro North Public Health Unit told parents a Covid-positive aviation worker had come into contact with the centre on September 23.
The worker is believed to have visited the site unknowingly infected with Covid-19.
Anyone who attended the childcare centre, 10km northeast of Brisbane’s CBD, from 7:25am to 8:00am last Thursday is considered a casual contact of the virus.
Those who attended the centre at the listed time has advised to immediately isolate, get tested and quarantine until a negative result is received.
A number of visitors will be contacted directly by health officials to be placed into immediate quarantine, the statement read.
A busy McDonalds in Albany Creek (pictured) has been listed as a new Covid-19 exposure site
A Freedom store in Aspley (pictured) has been attended by a positive case of Covid-19 with those that attended at the listed times now considered a casual contact of the virus
A ‘Seats R Us’ in Rocklea (pictured) has also been put on high alert after the shock detection of a positive Covid-19 case in Brisbane
A busy McDonalds in Albany Creek, around 20km from the city, has also been listed as a new exposure site, as well as a furniture store a short distance away in Aspley.
A ‘Seats R Us’ in Rocklea has also been put on high alert after the shock detection of a positive Covid-19 case in Brisbane.
‘A public health alert is being issued for locations in Eatons Hill, Albany Creek, Aspley and Rocklea following a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Brisbane,’ a statement from Queensland Health stated on Monday night.
‘The source of infection is under investigation. The man in his 30s works in the aviation industry, with no recent history of overseas or interstate travel.
‘The case will be reported in tomorrow’s Covid-19 data. Further information on the case will be provided at the press conference tomorrow morning.’
Queensland Health refused to confirm the two additional cases ahead of Tuesday morning’s daily press conference.
The new infection comes just days ahead of the NRL Grand Final to be hosted in Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, October 3.
The highly-anticipated decider will feature a clash between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Penrith Panthers.
Townsville is on standby to host the match as the NRL contingency plan, but the premier insisted Brisbane would still be holding the game at the moment.
Tickets for the premiership decider between South Sydney and Penrith at the 52,000 capacity stadium in Brisbane have already sold out.
At this stage the NRL is not overly concerned about a last-minute switch to Townsville, but the next 48 hours will be critical.
It’s expected the Queensland government will hold fire on an immediate lockdown on Tuesday but any additional cases of community transmission could rapidly escalate the situation.
Should a lockdown be announced in the coming days the NRL would then pull the trigger and relocate the season finale to Townsville for the first time.
Townsville’s stadium has a maximum capacity of 25,000 people, less than half of the crowd that Suncorp will hold if the game is able to go ahead as planned in Brisbane.
The new Covid-19 case comes just days ahead of the NRL Grand Final between the Rabbitohs and the Panthers (pictured) to be hosted in Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Sunday
Queensland previously reported zero new cases of coronavirus on Monday, with the new detection to be reported in Tuesday’s tally (pictured, health care workers in Brisbane)
Queensland reported zero new cases of coronavirus earlier on Monday with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk taking the opportunity to announce two new vaccination centres on the Gold Coast.
The two hubs, located at the Tugun Private Hospital and in Coomera, will be up and running in just two weeks time.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young urged Queenslanders to come forward for a jab and said she was looking forward to the easing of restrictions.
‘We should all prepare and hope and get people vaccinated,’ she said.
‘The more people who are vaccinated the more likely we can remove those last remaining restrictions.’