Queensland issues confronting warning amid new outbreak

Ash Cant
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Queensland Health has issued an urgent warning for people in the state, after NSW announced a man in Sydney's eastern suburbs tested positive for Covid-19.

NSW Health identified several potential exposure sites in light of the new case on Wednesday.

Following the announcement, Queensland Health released a statement, informing people in Queensland what they need to do if they have been to any of the exposure sites.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young addresses the media during a press conference in Brisbane, Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said Queensland will assess the situation in NSW over the next 24 hours. Source: AAP

"Anyone in Queensland who has been to any of these exposure sites in New South Wales during the risk period identified is asked to quarantine at their home or accommodation, call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) and get a Covid-19 test as soon as possible tomorrow morning," the statement said.

Queensland Health added the NSW will update the list as more information comes in.

The state's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young stressed the importance of people quarantining at home if they have been at any of the sites.

"NSW Health has already made it clear that anyone who has been to any of those venues, should be quarantining, and not getting on flights," Dr Young said.

"We’re working closely with NSW to get a better understanding of the risk associated with this case, so as an interim measure, we’re mirroring NSW Health’s advice.

"We’ll continue to assess the situation as more information comes to hand over the next 24 hours."

At this time, Queensland has not shut its border with NSW.

Health workers conduct coronavirus testing at a Covid-19 facility at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Sunday, February 7, 2021
Everyone in NSW is being asked to remain on 'high alert', as more Covid cases are likely to be confirmed in the coming days. Source: AAP

Anyone with Covid symptoms urged to get tested

Queensland Health added if anyone in the state who had returned from NSW, that has Covid symptoms, but had not been at any of the venues listed during the risk period should get tested and isolate.

Health authorities also asked people to monitor interstate exposure venues for 40 days after arriving in Queensland, to keep up to date if more are added.

The man who tested positive for Covid-19 lives in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

He has not recently travelled overseas, does not work in a quarantine hotel, border or a health role, and has no idea where he caught the coronavirus.

NSW Health has identified a number of close contacts linked to the man who are being tested and isolating.

No restrictions have been imposed yet, though NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said more cases are likely and everyone in NSW should be on "high alert".

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