No new cases in Townsville and Palm Island | Review of northern beaches
Far north Queensland is safe from COVID-19 for now after no new community cases were recorded in the communities of Townsville and Palm Island.
An aviation worker linked to an existing cluster in southeast Queensland traveled to Townsville and tested positive on Wednesday evening, triggering warnings around 27 exposure sites, 12 of which are in close contact.
He was staying at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in the city’s CBD after attending a meeting at an aviation facility on September 20.
Four of Thursday’s local cases were colleagues of a Brisbane aviation worker who tested positive earlier this week, with Townsville’s case being one of them.
The man presented for tests after suffering from minor viral symptoms.
“It’s a perfect reminder to do what he did and that is to go get tested, don’t just write things down and just like something trivial,” said Niall Small, manager. Townsville University Hospital Acting Health Department.
Statewide, 19,764 tests were recorded on Thursday as Queensland grapples with a COVID-19 outbreak that has grown to 12 cases since Monday.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was happy with the statewide response, but urged people in Queensland to continue getting tested if they have symptoms.
“So that gives us an extra layer of confidence at this point, but we want to see high and continuous testing rates to make sure we don’t have any community transmission,” she said on Friday.
Second stage restrictions are in place in Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, Townsville and Palm Island, with residents required to mask themselves when leaving their homes and to limit weddings, funerals and hospitality .
“We need to make sure that the people of Brisbane, Logan, Gold Coast, Morton Bay, Townsville and Palm Island continue to abide by these Stage Two restrictions,” the Prime Minister said.
“We need people to keep getting tested. We need people to keep wearing this mask. And we need people to use the recording app.”
Associated Australian Press