Tue, 30 Mar, 2021

“Fantastic news”: Qld premier gives update on local cases

“Fantastic news”: Qld premier gives update on local cases

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed that only two contacts of a known Queensland COVID-19 patient have tested positive.

She called the news "encouraging" and "fantastic" as she announced it at a press conference this morning.

These are the only community cases confirmed, with another person testing positive in hotel quarantine after arriving in Queensland from overseas.

The two community cases are linked to a nurse in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital, with the nurse believed to be at the centre of a cluster of 11 cases.

One of the new cases is another nurse in the hospital with another being her housemate.

The first nurse tested positive and is believed to have contracted COVID-19 after treating an infectious patient in the hospital.

She then went to a hen's party in Byron Bay, with a male entertainer at the party confirming positive on Tuesday.

“We do not have any other cases out in the community anywhere in Queensland that are unlinked,” Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said.

More than 33,000 people came forward for testing in the last 24 hours.

Ms Palaszczuk said a further update would be provided on Thursday at 9 am local time.

"Fingers crossed, all will be looking good for Easter. But like I said, it depends on the testing rates again. So if we see very good testing rates across Queensland and we don't see any unlinked community transmission, the signs for Easter are looking positive.

"We'll be making those decisions tomorrow. But if it's encouraging news tomorrow, we will be lifting the hotspot for Greater Brisbane."