Mystery case's vast exposure triggers lockdown fears

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Fears of a new snap lockdown are sweeping Brisbane after an aviation industry worker with Covid-19 visited numerous locations while infectious.

"The man in his 30s works in the aviation industry, with no recent history of overseas or interstate travel," Queensland Health said in a statement late on Monday.

The source of his infection is under investigation and the new case will be reported in Tuesday's Covid data. There are 13 active cases in the state.

A public health alert for exposure sites in Eatons Hill, Albany Creek, Aspley and Rocklea has been issued.

People are seen lined up to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 at the Boondall mass vaccination hub in Brisbane. Source: AAP
Large crowds queue at the Boondall mass vaccination hub in Brisbane. Source: AAP

They include a McDonald’s and a childcare centre the man in his 30s visited while unknowingly infectious.

Anyone who was at Seats ‘R’ Us in Rocklea on September 23 from 11:15.am to 11:45am is considered a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days.

Those who were at Mother Duck Childcare and Kindergarten in Eatons Hill on September 23 from 7:25am to 8am and at Freedom Furniture in Aspley the same day from 4:40 pm to 5pm are considered close contacts.

Close contacts are urged to get tested and quarantine at home until a negative results received.

Anyone who visited McDonald’s in Albany Creek on September 23 from 5:05am to 5:10am have been deemed low-risk contacts, which must get tested but don’t need to isolate until a result.

Second Covid case identified

The Courier Mail is reporting that a second mystery case has since emerged, causing police to cordon off Adalong Guesthouse in south Brisbane. It is understood the second Covid case is not linked to the aviation worker. 

To see the entire list of exposure sites for Queensland, click here.

Queensland Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Shane Chelepy, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young arrive to a press conference. Source:AAP
Chief health officer Jeannette Young says people should "prepare and hope" for the state's borders to reopen in time for Christmas. Source:AAP

Queensland could open borders before Christmas

The case comes after Queensland earlier reported zero new cases of coronavirus for Monday.

Chief health officer Jeannette Young also broke the news that people should "prepare and hope" for the state's borders to reopen in time for Christmas.

"Of course, yes, we should all prepare and hope and get everyone vaccinated," she said on Monday.

"That's the most important thing business can do - to be out there saying, 'Just get vaccinated', because the more people who are vaccinated, the more likely we can remove those last remaining restrictions."

However, she could not say whether reaching coverage of 80 per cent of eligible Queenslanders fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will trigger an automatic reopening of the state's borders before December 25.

The state borders have been closed to most of NSW since July 21, to Greater Sydney since June 22, regional Victoria since July 17 and Melbourne since May 28.

Hundreds of Queensland residents and people trying to move to the region have been stuck in limbo interstate for months.

With AAP

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