Twist after Queensland records new Covid-19 case

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

Queensland has recorded one new case of Covid-19.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters on Sunday a new case of coronavirus has been identified.

But it is not believed to be connected to a doctor who tested positive at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital.

"We think it's a likely historic and unconnected to the PA Hospital," the premier said.

The case is attached to the Hotel Grand Chancellor with authorities concerned community transmission might be occurring in hotel quarantine.

A cluster emerged from the Hotel Grand Chancellor, which hosts returned overseas travellers, in January.

A general view is seen of Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
A doctor at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane has Covid-19. Source: AAP

However, health authorities do not believe this latest case to be connected to that outbreak or to the doctor.

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said the doctor was wearing the appropriate PPE when attending to people with coronavirus but an investigation will be undertaken to determine how it was transmitted.

She added any suggestions the PPE supplied to doctors is insufficient is "not helpful".

Ms D'Ath said the doctor was checking on patients who had returned from overseas.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk addresses the media during a press conference, Brisbane.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Source: AAP

High-risk sites named

Authorities are undergoing contact tracing and identified a number of high-risk sites the doctor visited.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett said on Saturday there are three high-risk sites the staff member with Covid visited on Thursday.

“One is The Morning After cafe at West End. Where the person was present from 2pm to 3.15pm,” Dr Bennett said.

“The other sites are the Corporate Box gym at Greenslopes where the person attended between 5.45pm and 7pm.

“Again, anyone there at the same time and we understand they're in the vicinity of about 11 people will go into quarantine and Stones Corner hotel at Stones Corner. That evening between 7pm and 7.45pm.”

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