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No new cases as hunt continues for people on CCTV at COVID exposure site

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk 

Queensland has recorded no new local cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as contact tracers continue to hunt for the remaining people identified on CCTV at exposure sites.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said 53 percent of eligible Queenslanders have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 34 percent were fully vaccinated.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said she thought the risk around the recent cases linked to the truck drivers and the Boulevard Early Learning Centre at Mount Warren Park was decreasing.

But she said the risk was still not "zero".

"We now have tested all of the 20 close contacts in the same childcare centre with that four-year-old child who attended, three staff and 17 children, and they are all negative, which is really good," she said.

On Sunday, an NSW truck driver was found to have been infectious in the community for two days.

The driver, who was transporting loads of cars, was infectious in Queensland on Thursday and Friday before returning home to NSW.

The case was the third COVID-positive truck driver to enter the state in recent weeks, after a Logan driver was infectious from August 28 to September 1, and an NSW driver was infectious on August 26.

The four-year-old girl was in close contact with the Logan driver. Dr. Young said contact tracers were still working to identify close contacts at the Stylish Nails salon in Beenleigh Marketplace, south of Brisbane.

Dr. Young said three or four customers who had been identified on CCTV at the salon were yet to come forward.

"All the five staff - the manager and the four staff - have tested negative, which is excellent," she said.

"But, unfortunately, there are still three or more patrons ... that we can't yet identify.

"We have them on CCTV footage, but we can't identify them through that. We do not have a name. We are working with the police and with the Stylish Nails salon to try and identify those people.

"I am less concerned now that I have got the information because the person who was in the chair next to the four-year-old girl has tested negative, so we have identified that person, and the gentleman, our original case, sat one chair away, next to the entrance.

"So, I think we have had the highest risk cases in that's all on, but I would really like to find those other three or four customers that we have identified on CCTV footage."

On Sunday, Dr. Young said there was also a Qantas pilot who tested positive in Melbourne.

The pilot, who lived on a cattle property near Kingaroy, travelled to Brisbane to see his mother before flying to Hong Kong and returned to Melbourne, where he tested positive.

1 Comments

  • Suvir

    Suvir

    6:45 PM, 06-09-2021

    So many ways it can easily be spread. I wouldn’t use the word “hunt” for the search for those contacts 😀 Those people aren’t necessarily trying to do the wrong thing

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