Greater Brisbane COVID-19 update
27 March 2021
Queensland has recorded six new cases of COVID-19 today, including a close contact of a Brisbane man who tested positive to the UK variant.
The remaining five cases are overseas-acquired and in hotel quarantine.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said a man in his 20s from Strathpine, north of Brisbane, has tested positive to the virus.
“He is a close contact of the 26-year-old Stafford man who tested positive on Thursday night,” Dr Young said.
“Both men are now being treated in Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. We will conduct genome sequencing on the latest case to confirm they are linked.”
Genomic testing yesterday confirmed the 26-year-old man had the highly contagious B117 variant and was linked to the south Brisbane cluster announced on March 12.
He had visited a number of locations across Brisbane over the past week and 18 close contacts have been identified.
Dr Young said many of the venues did not require patrons to check-in electronically.
“We are expanding our contact tracing to capture close contacts of both of these cases and will release an updated list of locations they visited,” she said.
“Most of the venues we know of so far are not required to check-in customers, meaning we are relying on people to examine the exposure sites and come forward if they have been there during the times stated.
“We really need anyone who has visited any of these venues to immediately get tested and isolate until they receive their results.”
For the latest updates regarding contact tracing, visit the Queensland Government website.
The latest cases take Queensland’s total to 1,443, including 71 active cases.
It is important that everyone, but especially people who were at these venues around these times, monitor themselves for even the slightest symptoms.
To manage the expected increase in demand over the weekend, Queensland Health has stood up additional testing facilities, including the Pine Rivers Assessment Clinic, the Eight Mile Plains Community Health Centre and Wynnum-Manly Community Health Centre, Gundu Pa. To find your nearest testing clinic, visit https://www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing
It is important to:
- Stay home if you are sick
- If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested
- Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps
- Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser
- Leave the location if it is crowded.