Missing link between two Queensland Covid clusters as four new cases emerge

·News Reporter
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Queensland has reported four new cases of Covid-19 with health authorities trying to determine the link between two clusters.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young told reporters on Monday, 23 cases are related to two clusters: the Portuguese Family Centre restaurant and the Greek community centre.

“I haven't found the exact link yet, other than the genome sequence between those two clusters but we are just doing some more work there,” Dr Young said.

“But for everyone else, we believe we have found both the genome sequence link and the epi-link (epidemiological link).”

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young addresses the media during a press conference in Brisbane.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says authorities are trying to find the link between two Brisbane Covid clusters. Source: AAP

Dr Young added a DFO worker’s transmission is also under investigation and while they had “a lot of common contacts” authorities are not sure where this person acquired their infection from.

Nonetheless, Dr Young said “that is all good”.

She added three cases which there had been difficulty in linking them were also found to have all been linked to the same restaurant: Zeus Street Kitchen at Westfield Chermside Shopping Centre.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it is not believed the highly contagious Delta strain of coronavirus is present in Queensland which is “good news”.

All four of Queensland’s cases on Monday are linked, with two part of the Greek community centre.

The other two are a man from Brisbane’s suburb of Sinnamon Park who travelled to Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast and his partner.

Three more are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

People line up to receive a coronavirus vaccination at the Rocklea Showgrounds in Brisbane.
People line up for vaccinations at the Rocklea Showgrounds on Saturday. Source: AAP

Queenslanders await Pfizer vaccine

The premier said more than 139,000 Queenslanders have registered for a Pfizer vaccine but they may have to wait months to receive it.

“What I want to say to those people out there is that you will be given a booking but the booking may not be until October or November because that is when all the supply comes in from the Federal Government," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"I just need everyone to be patient and if we do get extra supply in, Queensland Health will contact you and we will be able to move your appointment forward.

"We can see that Queensland Health can do nearly 100,000 vaccines a week, which is great news, but the supply into the future before that big dose of supply comes in in October is around 65,000 a week. The Commonwealth has started some of the GP networks with the Pfizer as well today."

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